Meg Lanning, captain of Australia’s women’s cricket team has been ruled out of the upcoming Ashes series following a recent shoulder surgery.
Lanning played the Women’s World Cup with a troubled right shoulder and struggled with throwing the ball and was often seen favouring an underarm throw.
After returning from the UK, an assessment confirmed the need for surgery which was carried out earlier this week. Cricket Australia confirmed that a rehabilitation period of six to eight months will be needed which includes the months in which the Ashes will be played, hence ruling her out.
Kate Mahony, Australia team physio said, “Meg has been managing a right shoulder injury and following the recent World Cup, it became apparent that she would require surgery.”
“We will continue to monitor her progress, with return to play timelines to become clearer once she has commenced rehabilitation.”
Suffering an incredible amount of pain, Australia coach, Matthew Mott explained how Lanning went through the World Cup with little or no painkilling treatment but now with the problem being isolated, she is looking forward to moving ahead and returning to full fitness.
“The good thing now is we’ve isolated the issue and she knows what the plan forward is. All will be revealed in the next couple of days, which is a relief.”
“I think she’s certainly got to that point where at least she knows what the road forward looks like.”
The World Cup saw Lanning play six of the eight matches in which she proved why she is seen as one of the best batters in women’s cricket. With knocks of 152, 48, 40 and 76 through restricted movement, she competed against not just the oppositions but her injury too.
With the Ashes next, a confident Lanning believed that the team would do well.
“Whilst it’s very disappointing to be unavailable for the Ashes, I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my rehabilitation and returning to cricket as soon as possible.”
“It’s an incredibly special occasion for any cricketer to be a part of and I wish the team all the best as they set out to retain the Ashes.”
The Women’s Ashes is played over three different formats with the points from each format contributing towards the winning or losing the urn.