2017 ICC Women’s World Cup: Meg Lanning To Miss World Cup Clash Against South Africa
The Australian women’s cricket team has been jolted with a severe blow ahead of their final group game against the Proteas, as their in-form skipper, Meg Lanning has been ruled out of the encounter due to a shoulder injury. This is not the first time Lanning has been forced to sit out in the tournament, as she also missed the clash against Pakistan.
Aussie coach Matthew Mott had voiced his opinion earlier in the month that he will surely look to give Lanning a break for at least one match in the group stage with the Aussies playing as many as seven games in 20 days before the semi-final commences. For the 2nd time in the tournament, Rachael Haynes will lead the side despite not being a part of the first choice XI.
In the one match against Pakistan, Haynes scored 28 runs and looked in good touch before throwing her wicket away. The decision to rest Lanning against the Proteas has been done as a part of the management process concerning her injury and she will be examined on a day to day basis.
“We’ve been managing (Meg) for the last couple of months, the shoulder’s been giving her a bit of grief,” Mott had earlier this month.
“We always envisaged that she was going to miss a game or two through the tournament, we’re just trying to manage the shoulder through.“It was a conservative decision, I think she’ll be fine going forward.”
Despite missing out the clash against Pakistan, Lanning still remains Australia’s leading run scorer in the tournament with 328 runs in five matches at a staggering average of 109.33. She smashed an unbelievable 152 against Sri Lanka, scored an unbeaten 76 against India and contributed with 48 and 40 in the matches against New Zealand and England, respectively.
“She’s a trooper. She’s been doing unbelievably well for a fairly long period of time. She’s our leader and it’s nice to have her on the park. She can smack a 70-odd with one arm, unbelievable player. And hopefully, we can get her through to the end of the World Cup,” Aussie wicket keeper Alyssa Healy had said regarding Lanning earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, the Australia-South Africa clash won’t have that much importance in the context of the tournament given the fact both have qualified for the semi-final but it might well be a warm-up clash, as they are in line for a semi-final rematch.
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