Australia’s hierarchy has commenced a course of to seek out Lanning’s full-time alternative with an announcement to be made nearer to the tour. The one-off Take a look at – Australia’s first in India since 1984 – begins on December 21 in Mumbai earlier than three-match ODI and T20I collection.
“Alyssa Healy’s finger is therapeutic however stays in a splint and our medical staff are persevering with to observe her restoration intently,” nationwide selector Shawn Flegler mentioned. “We’re clearly very hopeful she will likely be obtainable for the Take a look at, however these choices are nonetheless some time away.”
Brown has been on the sidelines since struggling a hamstring damage towards West Indies within the first ODI in Brisbane on October 8. She has been unavailable for defending WBBL champions Adelaide Strikers, however has returned to bowling and is ready to be match for the primary Take a look at.
However she has received a spot within the squad on the again of a stellar WBBL season yielding 19 wickets from 10 video games to spearhead Sydney Sixers.
Cheatle, who was solely named within the Take a look at squad, produced an eye catching efficiency with 11 wickets in 5 matches in the course of the Australia A tour of England in June.
“Lauren has taking part in expertise in India and gives one other quick bowling possibility, notably in regard to the Take a look at match which is the format she has been chosen for,” Flegler mentioned. “At this stage, we’re planning for Lauren to return to Australia forward of the white ball codecs to play WNCL.”
Australia’s squad nearly mirrors the line-up that drew the Ashes collection in July. High-order batter Phoebe Litchfield, 20, is prone to step up and fill the footwear of Lanning, whereas Australia’s slew of star spinners have been computerized choices they usually loom as keys on anticipated turning surfaces.
The matches will likely be performed throughout two grounds in Mumbai.
“A multi-format collection towards India in India is thrilling and presents an enormous problem for our group,” Flegler mentioned. “Most of our gamers, by way of final December’s bilateral collection or the WPL, have performed cricket in Mumbai over the previous 12 months and have skilled the situations.
“We’ll have a possibility to acclimatise to the situations and our preparation in Mumbai will embody a warm-up match towards an area opposition.”
Australia squad: Darcie Brown, Lauren Cheatle (Take a look at solely), Heather Graham, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth (T20), Grace Harris (T20), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham