Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes says she is prepared and eager to increase her leadership responsibilities with the national team. This is in the absence of regular skipper Meg Lanning.
Haynes has captained her nation in 14 games across the three forms. He has played 167 international matches over the course of 13 years. Most memorably she guided Australia to an Ashes victory in 2017 while Lanning was out with a shoulder injury.
“I’ve stepped into that role before when Meg’s been injured and I’m current vice-captain so whoever the head coach is and whoever the national selectors think is the best person to do it (is up to them),” the 35-year-old said.
Rachael Haynes, Allyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, and Megan Schutt are just a few of Australia’s seasoned international players. Tahlia McGrath, a 26-year-old all-rounder has served as captain of the Adelaide Strikers.
The team’s leadership has come under scrutiny as a result of Lanning’s decision to take a break from the game.
Haynes anticipates the appointment of a permanent head coach prior to Australia’s upcoming five-match T20 trip to India in December.
Earlier this month the left-hander was a member of the Australian team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. She is presently playing for the Welsh Fire in the women’s Hundred competition in the UK.
“Our national team has a pretty significant break … there’s plenty of time to have those (leadership) conversations once we get back (to Australia),” she said.
Haynes failed to reach 20 despite having few opportunities to bat in the middle of the order during the Games. But the seasoned batter seems undeterred by such results.
“I’m hitting the ball really well, I’ve just been finding a way of getting out,” she added. “But that’s this format of the game – it’s pretty unforgiving given that you’ve got to keep your foot on the accelerator at different times.
“We’ve got an opportunity over here (so I’m) looking forward to spending a little bit more time in the middle for the Welsh Fire and then hopefully I can just roll on heading into the Australian summer.”
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