T20I series: Wareham must make a test debut if he can recover from his quadriceps injury in time, while Mooney should be fit despite the strain on his Achilles tendon. Australia‘s vice-captain Rachael Haynes has been disqualified from the rest of the multi-format women’s series with India due to a thigh injury.
Haynes was injured in a harmless incident while playing ball during the third ODI at Mackay. He ran in without much intensity to pick up a ball but limped and left the field almost immediately. Australian coach Matthew Mott confirmed on Tuesday that Haynes would miss Thursday’s Pink ball friendly and all three T20Is.
“Rachael Haynes, unfortunately, the hamstring is no good,” Mott said.
T20I series: “It was pretty tough last night. I had dinner with her last night. She’s devastated, obviously, these Test matches don’t come around too often. She’s a key member of our squad. Our thoughts are with her at the moment.”
Haynes remains on the team on the opening day of the friendly, but then returns to Sydney to hang out with his partner while they await the birth of their first child.
Beth Mooney appears to be the obvious replacement after opening 2017 in Australia‘s previous Daynight Test, although Australia also has Queensland starter, Georgia Redmayne, on the roster. Mooney also left the field with an Achilles tendon awareness during Sunday’s ODI, after missing 125 outside and 52 in three days. But Mott said it was just a precautionary measure and was confident that the southpaw informed of her would be available.
The Gold Coast is an hour south of Brisbane and can be classified as a separate region when stricter state restrictions come into play in Brisbane. The test is currently progressing as planned, but there may be crowd restrictions. Mott said players and staff would prepare as usual.
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