Australian opener Rachael Haynes’ has been ruled out of the day-night Test and the subsequent T20I series against India with a hamstring injury.
Haynes suffered the injury during the third and final ODI in Mackay, and the Australia head coach Matthew Mott said she was “devastated”.
"Unfortunately, her hamstring is no good," Mott said on Tuesday, 28 September. "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 is touted to open alongside Alyssa Healy in Haynes’ absence, just as she did when Haynes missed the second ODI with an elbow injury. Mooney scored a terrific 125* on that occasion, helping Australia secure victory in a thrilling, last-ball chase.
Haynes’ absence frees up a slot in the XI, and could pave the way for Georgia Redmayne, who excelled for Queensland Fire in the WNCL last summer, to make the XI. The management could also alternatively look to fill the slot with an all-rounder.
The Test begins in Carrara on Thursday. The three-match T20I series will begin on 7 October, with all matches to be played at the same venue.
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