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Healy to miss Pakistan T20Is, set to be available for T20 World Cup

Australia wicketkeeper is still recovering from a calf injury sustained during the recent tour of India

Alyssa Healy walks off after suffering a calf strain while batting, India vs Australia, 4th T20I, Mumbai, December 17, 2022

Alyssa Healy suffered a calf strain while batting in the fourth T20I against India  •  BCCI

Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy has been ruled out of the three-match T20I series against Pakistan at home as she continues to recover from a calf injury sustained during the recent tour of India.
According to a Cricket Australia statement, Healy is expected to be available for the upcoming T20 World Cup in South Africa in February. She will also remain with the squad during the series as she continues her rehabilitation.
"Initial plan was to get back for the Pakistan T20s but with the World Cup lurking and us flying out later this month, we decided to take the extra week for recovery," Healy said while commentating on the BBL game on Friday in Sydney. "I'm keen to get on the plane for the World Cup but more keen to watch the girls and how they go about it."
Healy, who stood in as Australia captain during Meg Lanning's absence on the tour to India, sat out of the fifth T20I in Mumbai after suffering a calf strain while batting in the fourth match. Healy was unable to bat again or field in that match, with Tahlia McGrath taking over as captain. Beth Mooney, who kept wicket in Healy's absence in those two matches, will continue in the role for the upcoming series too.
Australia announced their T20I squad for the Pakistan series as well as the T20 World Cup earlier this week. Captain Lanning is set to return to international cricket since August 2022, while legspinner Georgia Wareham is also back in the squad having last played a T20I in October 2021.
Australia will play three ODIs against Pakistan in Brisbane on January 16, before the T20Is get underway in Sydney on January 24. The second T20I will take place in Hobart on January 26 and the final T20I is scheduled in Canberra on January 29.
Australia's first match at the T20 World Cup is against New Zealand on February 12.