Australia captain Meg Lanning is in line to make WNCL return after she was named for Victoria and expects to feature in the opening matches.
Victoria is set to play against Western Australia in Perth on September 26 and 28, and Meg’s return is a massive boost for the squad.
Meg Lanning returns
The Australia captain has not played since WPL in March, having missed the women’s Ashes due to an undisclosed medical issue, but now she seems fit.
Lanning will need the green light from Victoria’s medical staff before she is cleared to play in the WNCL opener but will make the trip to Perth in a bid to play her first competitive match since March, having missed the women’s Ashes series for injury.
She has not played for Australia since the T20 World Cup in February and has not played anywhere since the WPL in India in March, having been a late withdrawal ahead of the England tour. Lanning has been training with Victoria recently and went on a pre-season trip to Queensland.
Shawn Flegler, the selector of Australia’s women’s national team, said earlier this month on Lanning’s possible return:
“We’re hopeful that she’ll come through domestic cricket first up, and we’ll see how things progress through there,” Flegler said
“She was up at the Sunshine Coast, and we caught up there. She’s progressing well. Just part of that return-to-play plan, we’re keen for her to come back through domestic cricket first and see how she goes with that, but she’s going well, Meg. Very hopeful that she’s back on deck at some point during the summer for Australia.”
Australia’s next international assignment after the West Indies series is a multi-format tour of India in December and January, which follows the WBBL.
Victoria has also named Ellyse Perry to make her competitive return, having missed the final ODI of the Ireland tour and the Women’s Hundred due to a knee injury.