Mae Lanning: Australia captain ruled out -News

Lanning led Australia to Twenty20 World Cup victory earlier this year

Cricket Australia has announced that Australian captain Mae Granin will miss this summer’s Ashes series against England due to health reasons.

Lanning, 31, has withdrawn from the team on the advice of medical staff due to the need to manage at home.

Wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy will captain the team in her absence.

“This is an unfortunate setback for Meg,” said Shawn Flegler, CA’s director of performance (women’s cricket).

“She was clearly disappointed to be left out of the Ashes,” he added.

“This is an important series for the team and we will miss her, but she understands the need to put her health first.

“Meg will remain at home and she will continue to work with the medical staff in order to return to the game as soon as possible.”

Lanning, a two-time Women’s Cricket World Cup winner, only returned to cricket in January after a six-month mental health leave. She then led Australia to their fifth Twenty20 World Cup title the following month.

All-rounder Tahlia McGrath will serve as vice-captain for the series.

There is no replacement named for Lanning in the squad, as the player is available from the Australian A-team, who are visiting England at the same time.

The multi-format Ashes series kicks off with a Test in Nottingham on June 22, followed by three T20 matches and three one-day internationals.

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