Alyssa Healy has been named the Australia Women’s cricket team captain for their upcoming six white-ball matches against the West Indies in October. This announcement comes as regular captain Meg Lanning, who was previously ruled out of the Ashes in May due to medical reasons, continues to be unavailable for selection. Lanning is expected to make her return to competitive cricket through domestic matches.
The squad for the white-ball series remains consistent for both the three-match One Day Internationals (ODIs) and the subsequent three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), with one notable change. Alana King will replace Grace Harris in the ODIs. Ellyse Perry, who missed the final ODI against Ireland due to injury, has also returned to the squad.
Australian Women’s Team Doctor Dr. Pip Inge updated Meg Lanning’s availability, stating that she is progressing well but remains unavailable for competitive cricket. There is no set date for her return to play; it is anticipated that she will gradually return through domestic cricket. Cricket Australia’s medical staff will continue to work closely with Lanning during her return-to-play program.
National selector Shawn Flegler emphasized that despite her unavailability, Meg Lanning remains an integral part of the team, and they will continue to support her throughout her recovery and return to competitive cricket.
Alyssa Healy’s appointment as captain for the white-ball series against the West Indies underscores her leadership qualities and contributions to Australian women’s cricket. While the team eagerly anticipates the return of Meg Lanning, they are committed to supporting her recovery and gradual reintroduction to competitive cricket.
Australia squad: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Grace Harris (T20Is only), Jess Jonassen, Alana King (ODIs only), Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham