Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Rachael Haynes ruled out of one-off Test and T20Is v India. "She's devastated - obviously Test matches don't come around too often, she's a key member of our squad so our thoughts are with her at the moment," Matthew Mott
"She's devastated - obviously Test matches don't come around too often, she's a key member of our squad so our thoughts are with her at the moment," Matthew Mott
Australia Women have suffered a blow ahead of the one-off Test against India with Rachael Haynes getting ruled out of the contest. Haynes suffered a hamstring injury during the third ODI while fielding and hasn't recovered in time for the historic day-night Test. The Australian vice-captain has been ruled out of the three T20Is as well, which is a part of the ongoing multi-format series.
“Unfortunately her hamstring is no good,” Australia coach Matthew Mott confirmed on Tuesday (September 28). “She's devastated – obviously Test matches don't come around too often, she's a key member of our squad so our thoughts are with her at the moment.”
Beth Mooney has now emerged as the favourite to open the batting in Haynes's absence. Mooney remained unbeaten on 125 in the thrilling second ODI and made 52 just two days later in the third game. Australia were appearing to be sweating on her fitness when she left the field on Sunday due to a hamstring issue but Mott is confident of Mooney's availability.
“Beth is pretty good,” Mott confirmed. “She was very sensible the other day. She felt something and with all the workload that she has been under, we felt that even after that hundred and the quick turnaround she was a high risk. And she flagged it quite early and I think the medical staff are very comfortable with where she is at. She'll train today and I expect she will have a pretty light day tomorrow and be ready for the Test.”
Another player from the injury list who is set to be fit in time for the day-night encounter is leg spinner Georgia Wareham. The 22-year-old, who hasn't featured in a Test match despite representing Australia 55 times, suffered a quad injury during the second ODI. “Georgia's ticking all the boxes for her return to play,” Mott said. “She was very sensible around that – she felt something quite early, got treatment and has been doing everything she can to get it right.
“Personally, I really hope she gets through it after missing out in the last Test we played. She's a key member; no matter what the wicket serves up, she's a wicket-taker and she's an incredibly good thing for this team – she leads the way in the field and her batting is evolving all the time.”
The one-off Test starts on September 30 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. The three T20Is will be played on October 7, 9 and 10 at the same ground.