Australian women’s cricket vice-captain Rachael Haynes will take no further part in the multi-format series against India after being ruled out with a hamstring injury.
- Haynes was injured during the third ODI against India
- Beth Mooney is likely to replace Haynes as opener
- Coach Matthew Mott says Haynes is “devastated”to be ruled out
Haynes sustained the injury during Australia’s ODI loss to India in Mackay last Sunday. She was forced to leave the field during her side’s bowling innings.
The batting opener was informed by team staff on Monday night she would not play in the remainder of the series.
She will now fly back to Sydney.
Australia faces India in a one-off Test, beginning in Carrara on Thursday, before playing three T20 internationals on the Gold Coast next month.
“Unfortunately the hamstring’s no good,” coach Matthew Mott said.
“It’s a pretty tough one. I had dinner with her last night. She’s devastated obviously.
“Test matches don’t come around too often. She’s a key member of our squad.”
There was some positive news for Australia, however, with Beth Mooney on track to beat a hamstring injury.
Mooney is likely to replace Haynes at the top of the batting order.
Spinner Georgia Wareham remains in doubt, as she races the clock to beat a quadriceps injury in time to play in the pink-ball Test.
The loss of Wareham would be a massive blow for Australia, given she is the only wrist-spinning option in the squad.
“Georgia is ticking all the boxes for her return to play,” Mott said.
“[She] once again was very sensible around that. She felt something quite early and got treatment on it.
“She has been doing everything she can to be to be right.
“She’s a key member no matter what the wicket serves up. She’s a wicket taker and she’s an incredibly good thing for this team.”
Australia leads the series 4-2, with four points up for grabs in the Test and two points for each of the T20 internationals.
The home side won the opening two ODIs against India in Mackay last week, but their loss in Sunday’s third match ended a world-record run of 26 consecutive victories.