Australian captain Meg Lanning has been ruled out of the Ashes due to an undisclosed medical issue, in a blow to the visitors’ aspirations of retaining the urn.
Cricket Australia says Lanning, on the advice of medical staff, has been withdrawn from the touring party “due to a medical issue which requires management from home”.
Star wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy will take over as captain and all-rounder Tahlia McGrath steps up to take the vice-captaincy.
It is not clear when Lanning will return, but she will not feature in the mixed-format series.
Lanning took an extended break from the game last August after leading Australia to Commonwealth Games glory in England, but returned in time to captain her team to a third Twenty20 world title.
“It’s an unfortunate setback for Meg, and she’s obviously disappointed to have been ruled out of the Ashes; it’s a significant series for the team, and she’ll be missed, but she understands the need to put her health first,” CA’s head of performance (women’s cricket) Shawn Flegler said.
“Meg will remain at home where she will continue to work with medical staff with the aim to return to playing as soon as possible.
“We ask that Meg’s privacy is respected at this time.”
Cricket Australia have not named a replacement for Lanning, as reinforcements will be available on the concurrent Australia A tour.
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