Australia captain Meg Lanning has been ruled out of the Women’s Ashes.
Cricket Australia has announced that Australia captain Meg Lanning will miss this summer’s Ashes series against England due to medical reasons.
Lanning, 31, has been removed from the squad on the recommendation of medical professionals due to an issue that requires management from home, according to the statement.
In her absence, Alyssa Healy, a wicketkeeper-batter, will captain the team.
“It’s an unfortunate setback for Meg,” stated Shawn Flegler, CA’s Head of Performance (Women’s Cricket).
“She’s obviously disappointed to have been ruled out of the Ashes,” he continued.
“It’s a big series for the team, and she’ll be missed, but she understands the importance of putting her health first.”
“Meg will remain at home and continue to work with medical staff in the hopes of returning to play as soon as possible.”
Lanning, who has won two Women’s Cricket World Cups, returned to the game in January after a six-month mental health hiatus. The following month, she led Australia to its fifth Twenty20 World Cup championship.
Tahlia McGrath, an all-rounder, will serve as vice-captain for the series.
There will be no substitute for Lanning in the squad since players from the Australia A squad, which is touring England at the same time, may become available.
The multi-format Ashes series kicks out on June 22 with a Test in Nottingham, followed by three T20 games and three one-day internationals.