Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been ruled out of the first T20I against New Zealand in Brisbane as she continues her recovery from hamstring surgery. Perry sustained a hamstring injury during the ICC T20 World Cup in March and had to undergo the surgery as well. Since then, she has been rehabbing while keeping an eye to play in their upcoming series against White Ferns.
Meanwhile, her less involvement in the squad’s training sessions this week raised question over her fitness and participation in the series. And, Australia captain Meg Lanning confirmed that Ellyse Perry wouldn’t take part in the first T20I as well.
“She’s still working through her return-to-play plan,” Lanning said. “When she ticks off all those markers, she’ll be available, but she’s still working through that so we won’t see her tomorrow. She’s doing everything she can to get up and play (at some point in the series), and she’s got a very good plan in place – everyone has looked after her, and once she gets through that she’ll be available.”
While her absence is certainly a big blow for the Aussies, Australia have a bunch of youngsters ready to take her place in the squad. Even, they have already shown that during the World Cup. They have a strong middle-order with the likes of Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham and Nicola Carey alongside a strong top-order – Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning etc.
Lanning also praised pace bowler Belinda Vakarewa during Thursday’s practice match against the White Ferns who could get a chance in the T20I series. Meanwhile, they have a star-studded pace bowling department with the likes of Nicola Carey, Delissa Kimmince and Megan Schutt.
“There are six games in pretty quick succession but we’re pretty confident we’ll have everybody (excluding Perry) to pick from. Belinda Vakarewa was really impressive, especially with the new ball. Suzie Bates came out pretty hard at her and she was able to hold her back and get her wicket in the end. To have new people come into the squad and play so well, it’s really encouraging,” Meg Lanning concluded.
Australia: Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates, Natalie Dodd, Deanna Doughty, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jenson, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin
September 26: First T20I
September 27: Second T20I
September 30: Third T20I
October 3: First ODI
October 5: Second ODI
October 7: Third ODI