Women's World Cup 2017 July 5, 2017

Lanning grounded by shoulder problems

The shoulder complaint that ruled Meg Lanning out of at least the match against Pakistan has been a long-running condition © Getty Images/ICC

A shoulder problem has forced Australia's captain Meg Lanning out of at least the Word Cup match against Pakistan in Leicester later on Wednesday. Rachael Haynes will be included to lead the side in her absence.

Lanning aggravated a long-running shoulder complaint at training ahead of the match, with the selectors recommending to the Cricket Australia board that Haynes, 30, take over while Alex Blackwell remains vice-captain.

The state of Lanning's shoulder is a considerable worry for Australia given her pivotal role in the team, and there is no certainty that she will only be missing from the Pakistan fixture.

"Meg has been undergoing rehabilitation on her right shoulder, following a chronic injury," the team physio, Kate Mahony, said. "The decision for Meg to miss today's match will enable her to focus on some rehabilitation and we'll continue to monitor her ahead of taking part in any further matches in the tournament."

Haynes, meanwhile, has played 34 ODIs for Australia with a solid batting record to her credit, but has not been part of the first-choice team at that tournament so far. "Rachael has a wealth of leadership experience including successfully guiding Victoria to back-to-back national Twenty20 titles," the national selector, Shawn Flegler, said, "and alongside Alex, will ensure the team is led to continue their current form.

"We know that Rachael is capable of coming in and doing the job that is asked of her as she demonstrated in New Zealand earlier this year when she scored a half-century after a lengthy absence from the national side."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Jonah on July 6, 2017, 11:15 GMT

    @Foxswoop, thanks for the reply. I was wrong. Agree with you that Haynes promotion over Blackwell is lacking in sense from a sporting perspective.

  • Ross on July 5, 2017, 20:08 GMT

    @Loitering - no, Shane Watson was the vice captain on that tour but I am still a bit confused by Haynes elevation to the job last night in front of Blackwell.

  •   Cricinfouser on July 5, 2017, 16:14 GMT

    By the looks it seems Aus v Eng or Sa finals... As per usual Australia girls will win this World Cup too. Goodness me seven world cups are too much lol

  • vinayg2444132 on July 5, 2017, 15:45 GMT

    Pakistan is not a competitive team. It is between them and West Indies for who is the worst team around. This is 4 successive losses for Pakistan. Some of the efforts put out by these 2 teams make us wonder why they should be allowed to play in world cup to begin with.

  •   Cricinfouser on July 5, 2017, 15:25 GMT

    Men or women Australia always rockzzzz. Men are kings and women are queens in ICC WC. If I'm not wrong Australia men have won 5 WC'S & Women 6 WC'S. May be seven by next week. Good luck au girls!

  • bhanuk7302721 on July 5, 2017, 13:58 GMT

    pak is the worst women's team in tgis world cup..WI are just head of them.

  • pennyn6574100 on July 5, 2017, 12:45 GMT

    Aust girls has got too many runs for improved Pak girls......

  • Jonah on July 5, 2017, 9:30 GMT

    Agree with you, Stez.

    I have a feeling it's not the first time Australia have done this - can anyone confirm if Brad Haddin was vice captain in India 2013 for the first 3 tests when Shane Watson captained the 4th in 2913 or whenever Homeworkgate was? Or was Watson the vice-captain in all matches?

    Anyway, Lanning. Great loss to the side.

  • Luke on July 5, 2017, 8:02 GMT

    Why have a Vice-Captain if you don't trust her to lead the side when the captain is unavailable? No disrespect to Haynes but, for me, this decision sends totally the wrong message.

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