Meg Lanning‘s name remained absent again from the Australian T20 and ODI squads named for an upcoming series against the West Indies, with Cricket Australia’s medical team ruling the skipper “unavailable for competitive cricket”.
There was hope Lanning, who missed the Ashes victory as she took a second break from the game, would return for the matches to be played in October, having returned to training with Victoria.
Lanning last played for Australia in the T20 World Cup triumph in South Africa in March.
The reason for Lanning’s ongoing absence remains unclear, but Australian women’s team doctor Pip Inge said a “gradual return” through domestic cricket was likely, although there was no date locked in for Lanning’s comeback.
“Meg is progressing well but remains unavailable for competitive cricket,” Dr Inge said.
“No date has been set for Meg’s return to play; however, we anticipate a gradual return through domestic cricket.
“CA medical staff will continue to work closely with Meg and an update on her availability will be provided in due course.”
National women’s selector Shawn Flegler said Lanning remained “an integral part of our team”.
“Although currently unavailable for selection, Meg remains an integral part of our team and we’ll continue to support her throughout her return to play program,” he said.
Alyssa Healy will continue as captain in Lanning’s absence, making her own return from a finger injury along with Ellyse Perry, who missed a three-game series against Ireland after the Ashes with a knee issue.
There are no surprise selections in either squad as the Australians play on home soil for the first time since the 2023 T20 World Cup triumph and women’s Ashes retention.
“We saw the depth of talent and flexibility within the squad which toured England and Ireland in the winter and as a result have selected similar squads for the upcoming series,” Flegler said.
“Alyssa and Ellyse are on track in their return-to-play programs. Both are well placed to take part in Women’s National Cricket League matches later this month and are expected to be fully available for the upcoming international series.
“Alyssa embraced the added challenge of captaincy during the Ashes and will again lead the team in Meg’s absence. We’re fortunate to have plenty of international experience and strong leaders within the squad and know she will be well supported.
Australian women’s T20I squad
Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham.
Australian women’s ODI squad
Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham.
Oct 1: Australia vs. West Indies | North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Oct 2: Australia vs. West Indies | North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Oct 5: Australia vs. West Indies | Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Oct 8: Australia vs. West Indies | Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Oct 12: Australia vs. West Indies | CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
Oct 14: Australia vs. West Indies | CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
Originally published as Meg Lanning again absent from Australian squads named for West Indies series