Tayla Vlaeminck ruled out of Women’s Ashes and upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup;
Australia head into the third Ashes T20I without Tayla Vlaeminck, ruled out of the remainder of the series and the upcoming 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup with a foot injury.
Scans revealed a stress fracture of the navicular in her right foot after Vlaeminck complained of increasing pain from bowling international action.
A replacement for the fast bowler is yet to be announced. With Australia heading into the third match up 3-1 in the multi-format series.
Points were shared in the second T20I. After rain forced an early abandonment at Adelaide Oval.
After winning the toss and opting to field first. Australia were unable to make an early breakthrough. However, Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont moved to 25/0 in 4.1 overs. Before the match was abandoned as rain set in once more.
In match one, Australia proved too strong in a collected chase of 170. Moreover, it would be unfair to suggest that proceedings went completely their way.
England’s openers were strong again, at one stage 70/0 from just eight overs. Moreover, on the verge of posting a score in excess of 180.
Leg-spinning debutant Alana King broke the key partnership, and the flow of runs were stemmed further when Tahlia McGrath claimed Wyatt (70) and Nat Sciver (32) in her third over.
Captain Meg Lanning promoted herself to an opening role with Alyssa Healy, and despite the loss of the partner Alyssa Healy early in the chase, looked well at home in an unbeaten 64 (44*).
McGrath took charge though, hitting 13 fours and a six into the crowd as the hosts chased the target with three overs to spare.
England captain Heather Knight acknowledged in the series’ lead-up. That the T20I format is her team’s best. And the tourists still face an uphill struggle should they go four points behind today.
Knight was pleased with some facets of England’s game three nights ago. Though acknowledges the challenges of Australia’s batting depth.
“I thought the batting was outstanding (in match one). And we took the game to the Aussies,” Knight said.
“The pitch got slightly better under lights. And Tahlia (McGrath) made it very hard to set fields.”
Each limited overs match of the series is worth two points each. With the winner of the sole Test match earning four points.