Australia pacer Tayla Vlaeminck is all set to miss out on the upcoming one-off Test and three-match ODI series against India. Both teams are gearing up for their upcoming multi-format series comprising three ODIs, a one-off day-night Test match, and three T20I matches. The series will commence with the first ODI on September 21.
Speaking with media on Thursday, Head coach Matthew Mott informed that Vlaeminck is the only player in the 18-player squad set up who would be unavailable for selection in the Test match and the ODIs. However, she will be available for the T20Is. Mott further informed that the young fast bowler had some little niggles and is being monitored. Resting her will do well for the workload management of the staff.
“Tayla has had some little niggles throughout her build-up down in Victoria,” Mott said. “That’s something that we’ve been monitoring all the way through.
“And she does have to step up her loads gradually. We’ve got to manage her really well – we’ve got a huge 18 months for her as a young fast bowler, and we know the impact that she can have when she plays.”
Tayla Vlaeminck, who made her international debut as a 19-year old in 2018, has featured 20 international games so far, including one Test, eight ODIs, and 11 T20Is. She has been going through a rough patch ever since her first game for the team, dealing with knee and shoulder problems as well as a stress fracture in her right foot. The pacer is currently working on achieving her fitness.
Moreover, Australia would also be without veteran swing bowler Megan Schutt, who pulled out of the series citing personal reasons. Additionally, experienced spinner Jess Jonassen will also be unavailable as she is out due to injury. In such a scenario, Mott is resting his hopes on allrounder Ellyse Perry.
“(Perry has) obviously had a very long recovery now and (this series is) something she’s planned a lot for,” he said.
“She had a pretty good bowl today, she got a little bit of tap early, but then came back and got a wicket, got Meg out and bowled really well.
“So it’s exciting to see where she’s going to take her game. Something we’ve spoken about is without Schutt and Jonassen, she’s going to play a really pivotal role in leading our attack with some young bowlers around her.”
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Sep 21: First ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Sep 24: Second ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay (D/N)
Sep 26: Third ODI, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Sep 30 – Oct 3: Test match, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (D/N)
Oct 7: First T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Oct 9: Second T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Oct 10: Third T20, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
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