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Australia captain Meg Lanning out of Women's Ashes


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Australia women’s captain Meg Lanning has been ruled out of the Summer Ashes tour due to medical reasons.

A Cricket Australia statement said Lanning, 31, who returned to cricket in January after a six-month mental health break, “has been withdrawn from the squad due to a medical issue which requires home management”. is required”.

Cricket Australia’s women’s cricket performance boss Sean Flegler said: “It’s an unfortunate blow for Meg and she is certainly disappointed to be ruled out of the Ashes; it’s an important series for the team and she will be missed, but she understands First you need to take care of your health.

“Meg will remain at home where she will continue to work with medical staff with the aim of returning to sport as soon as possible.

“We ask that Meg’s privacy is respected at this time.”

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alyssa Healy will lead the entire Ashes team against England with all-rounder Tahlia McGrath as the vice-captain.

Lanning, who captained Australia to win the Twenty20 World Cup in March, will not be included in the squad as Australia A players tour England at the same time and will be available if required.

The multi-format Ashes series begins on June 22 with a one-off Test in Nottingham followed by three T20Is and three ODIs.