Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes has been ruled out of the lone Test and subsequent three-match T20 International series against the visiting Indians because of a right hamstring injury.
Haynes suffered the right hamstring injury during the third ODI in Mackay, which India won by two wickets, ending Australia’s 26-ODI winning streak.
The injury will see opener Haynes miss the remainder of India’s tour – one-off day-night Test starting Thursday in Carrara and also the following three T20Is. She had also missed second One-day International against India after she was hit on her right elbow during a training session after hitting an unbeaten 93 in the first.
“Unfortunately her (Haynes) hamstring is no good,” Australia women’s team coach Matthew Mott was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“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.”
In Haynes’ absence, Beth Mooney is likely to open the innings alongside Alyssa Healy.
Mott also said he was hopeful leg-spinner Georgia Wareham, who has returned to training after suffering a quad injury in the second ODI, would be fit to make her Test debut on Thursday.
“Georgia’s ticking all the boxes for her return to play. She was very sensible around that – she felt something quite early, got treatment and has been doing everything she can to get it right,” he said.
With PTI Inputs
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