Australian batter Rachael Haynes has been announced as the replace skipper by Cricket Australia, for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes which will be beginning from October 22 in Brisbane.
The New South Wales player was named as the stand-in for batting mainstay Meg Lanning’s, who nursed shoulder injury during the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup in England.
Haynes termed the top-post as a ‘huge honor’ while adding she would give best on the field to make most out of the grand opportunity to lead the Southern Stars in the seven-match series in their backyard.
“It’s a huge honour. I had the opportunity in the World Cup and that was great but to captain in an Ashes series, in such a huge series, it’s a huge honour and it’s something I’m really excited about,” Haynes was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
The 30-year-old batter Haynes has expressed a delight to lead the quality side as an interim skipper.
The Melbourne-born left-handed batter has thanked everyone for showing faith in her as the prominent player is aiming to give best to accomplish desired results alongside teammates.
“Thanks to everyone for your amazing msgs [messages & [and] support. I’m very honoured to lead this team & look fwd [forward] to achieving great things together,” Haynes tweeted with hash tag Ashes after the news broke out.
— Rachael Haynes (@RachaelHaynes) September 20, 2017
Australia Women are bound to face England at home in three One-day internationals followed by a day-night Test in Sydney and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The multi-format 2017-18 Ashes tour will conclude on November 21 at Manuka Oval where the third T20I is scheduled between Southern Stars and Heather Knight-led England.
Pertinently, the 25-year-old top-order batter and regular skipper for Australia Lanning underwent major shoulder surgery in August, as the doctor ruled her out of the professional cricket for around 6-8 months.
The Sydney batter in the Women’s Big Bash League is confident to come good as a leader and player for Australia, in the much-awaited series.
“I’ve been part of a multi-format Ashes before and I know what to expect,” Haynes maintained.
Interestingly, Haynes, who became 17th ODI skipper for Australia, was named as the stand-in skipper for the two World Cup fixtures against Pakistan and South Africa respectively after Lanning struggled with the troubled right shoulder during the fielding.
“The team has been fantastic, we had a chat about what it means and Meg [Lanning] has been extremely supportive as well. It’s a big responsibility to captain Australia,” Haynes added.
However, after making the return to the top-flight cricket in February 2017 a little over 42-month international exile, Haynes was preferred to lead the World Cup side over skilled Vice-captain Alex Blackwell.
As the hosts would feel the absence of Meg Lanning deeply, the Australian side has to show complete reliance on newly-appointed short-term skipper Haynes and experienced campaigner Alex Blackwell, who will be the deputy to the Victorian.
“I have Alex (Blackwell) there too as vice-captain so I’m feeling really confident in terms of the support,” Haynes concluded.
Moreover, all-rounder Ellyse could play a prominent role for Women in Baggy Green against champions England.
Haynes will be 19th Test skipper and sixth in T20Is for Australia as she was informed about her role in early September.
Rachael, who made his international debut in 2009 against England featured in 36 ODIs, 27 T20Is and three Tests for the Kangaroos side.