Meg Lanning will miss Australia’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against Pakistan in Leicester on Wednesday due to a chronic shoulder injury, Cricket Australia have confirmed.
The Australian skipper, who has been in excellent form with scores of 152 not out and 48 in its last two league games, will be replaced at the helm by Rachael Haynes. Alex Blackwell will remain the vice-captain.
“Meg has been undergoing rehabilitation on her right shoulder, following a chronic injury,” team physiotherapist Kate Mahoney told the Cricket Australia website. “The decision for Meg to miss today's match will enable her to focus on some rehabilitation and we’ll continue to monitor her ahead of taking part in any further matches in the tournament.”
Haynes, who made her debut in 2009, has played 34 One-Day Internationals, scoring 832 runs at an average of 32. The left-hand batter hasn’t featured in the World Cup so far, and last played an ODI against New Zealand in February this year, when she scored a half-century.
Shawn Flegler, the national selector, added “Rachael has a wealth of leadership experience including successfully guiding Victoria to back-to-back national Twenty20 titles and alongside Alex, will ensure the team is led to continue their current form. We know that Rachael is capable of coming in and doing the job that is asked of her as she demonstrated in New Zealand earlier this year when she scored a half-century after a lengthy absence from the national side.”
Australia is unbeaten in the tournament with three wins. A win here would strengthen its push for a spot in the semi-final.