Cricket Australia announced on Saturday that Meg Lanning, the 31-year-old Australian cricketer, will not be part of the upcoming Ashes tour of England due to medical reasons. Lanning, upon the advice of Cricket Australia’s medical staff, has decided to withdraw from the squad and will manage her medical issue from the comfort of her home.
Lanning’s last international appearance was during the T20 World Cup final against South Africa in Cape Town back in February of this year. After taking a lengthy break to prioritize her mental health, she made a comeback to the game in January. Notably, Lanning also captained the Delhi Capitals in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League, where her team unfortunately faced defeat against the Mumbai Indians in the summit clash.
In light of Lanning’s absence, Alyssa Healy has been appointed as the captain of the Australian team for the Ashes, with Tahlia McGrath serving as her deputy. Cricket Australia has not yet named a replacement for Lanning, but the option of bringing in players from Australia A, who will also be touring the UK during the same period, remains open.
Shawn Flegler, Cricket Australia’s Head of Performance (Women’s Cricket), expressed his sympathies for Lanning, acknowledging the significance of the Ashes series and her disappointment at being unable to participate. Flegler emphasized the importance of prioritizing Lanning’s health and well-being during this time.
Lanning will continue working with the medical staff from the comfort of her home with the aim of making a swift return to the playing field. Cricket Australia has requested that the privacy of Meg Lanning be respected during this period.
The Women’s Ashes is set to commence on June 22 with a one-off Test match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The series will continue with three T20Is and three ODIs, concluding in Taunton on July 18.