Australia’s opening batsman, Rachael Haynes might miss out in the second ODI against India on Friday as she has suffered a blow on her elbow during a training session today. Rachael Haynes was batting in the nets when a rising delivery hit her elbow to leave her in excruciating pain.
“Rach suffered a knock to her right elbow while batting today and has been taken to get scans,” said Australia team physio Kate Beerworth.
Haynes played a match-winning 93-run knock in the first ODI to guide her team to a nine-wicket victory over India. Prior to that knock, she also played a handy 65-run knock in the last Saturday’s practise match against India in Brisbane.
“It’s just been nice to spend some time in the middle,” Haynes told cricket.com.au earlier this week.
“That’s probably been the one thing coming from New South Wales we’ve lacked, is game time and centre-wicket practice, so it’s been really nice to get that opportunity and spend some time in the middle.
“We haven’t really played a lot against India over the last little bit so it was nice to get a sighter (in the practice match), and on some players, we haven’t seen before too.”
Having said that, Australia has no shortage of backup options in case Haynes gets ruled out of the second match. It could be possible that Beth Mooney is elevated to open alongside Alyssa Healy. Beth Mooney has been one of the most consistent run-getters for Australia over the past years. She has a considerable amount of experience as an opener in domestic cricket. She bats at the top of the order for Queensland in the domestic 50-over tournament. In 17 innings, she has managed to score a century and five half-centuries for the club.
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