Huge blow for Australian Women’s Side ahead of Historic Test match against India

With the India-Australia series just around the corner, the Indian women’s side is all ready to fight for the trophy. However, the Australian hosts have yet not fixed their squad for the series. Several changes have been taking place and are still continuing as once again another change has been announced in the bowling line-up.

 

Tayla Vlaeminck. PC: cricket.com.au
Tayla Vlaeminck. PC: cricket.com.au

 

Australian coach Matthew Mott confirmed on Thursday afternoon that speed bowler Tayla Vlaeminck will not be playing the three ODIs as well as the historic Test match against India due to ongoing injury concerns.

In a press release by Cricket Australia, Mott stated, “Tayla will not be considered at the stage, she’ll be likely for the back end of the tournament for the T20s. Tayla’s had some little niggles throughout her build-up down in Victoria and that’s something we’ve been monitoring. We’re excited about what she’s going to do… we’ve got a huge 18 months coming up for her as a young fast bowler and we know the impact that she can have when she plays.”

The 22-year-old is regarded as one of Australia’s fastest bowlers and made her Test debut at the 2019 Ashes tournament. Prior to Vlaeminck’s withdrawal, seamer Megan Schutt and Queensland tweaker Jess Jonassen backed out from the series due to personal reasons and injury respectively. However, these withdrawals have provided an opportunity for the budding youngsters to be named in the squad and that was how Stella Campbell, Darcie Brown, and Maitlan Brown received their call-ups for the series.

 

Ellyse Perry. Pic Credits: Getty Images
Ellyse Perry. Pic Credits: Getty Images

 

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30-year-old veteran bowler Ellyse Perry has been appointed by coach Mott to lead the Australian bowling attack. Perry recovered from a long-term hamstring injury and only bowled seven overs against New Zealand in the March match series. Despite a disappointing performance with the ball for 12 months, Coach Mott was adamant to give her the leading position for the bowling attack.

“She’s obviously had a very long recovery now and it’s something she’s planned a lot for. She’s really happy with where she’s at. We can’t remember her being as strong as she has been, certainly in the hits that we’ve had up here. She’s going to play a really pivotal role in leading our attack.”

Source: cricket.com.au

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