Skipper Alyssa Healy confirms transfer down order after Meg Lanning Ashes withdrawal


Alyssa Healy admits her “bittersweet” captaincy promotion has sealed the deal on her batting demotion in subsequent month’s girls’s Ashes.

The Australian wicketkeeper will lead the aspect within the multi-format sequence in England after Meg Lanning was a sudden tour withdrawal attributable to medical points.

Healy instructed AAP final week she was already considering a transfer again down the order, and now she feels her added accountability has sealed the deal.

“I believe so. It’s been some extent of dialogue for a short time now,” she instructed AAP on Monday.

“Alternatives behind the stumps can be actually essential, particularly with the Dukes ball.”

Normally starve of red-ball cricket, Australia will play a five-day Check throughout the Ashes sequence earlier than a four-day Check throughout the December-January tour of India and a four-day Check towards South Africa on the WACA in February.

“It provides somebody an actual alternative to nail that spot,” Healy stated of whoever takes her spot on the prime of the order.

“It’s a good time to do it.”

Even in opening associate Rachael Haynes’ retirement there is no such thing as a scarcity of choices, with younger gun Phoebe Litchfield and veteran Beth Mooney prepared and keen.

Lanning took go away final 12 months citing burnout, however her newest absence is known to be a separate difficulty.

Requested the way it felt to achieve the captaincy amid her teammate’s well being issues, Healy stated: “Bittersweet; I was upset.”

“It was weirdly emotional; hurting for Meg however excited by the chance.

“Everybody loves Meg and needs to see her enjoying cricket.”

Coach Shelley Nitschke stated Australia’s Brisbane camp had come on the proper time.

“I’m certain they have been rattled. Meg’s in our ideas, however we all know she’d need us to go over and get the job completed,” she stated.

“We’ve got good leaders, a whole lot of expertise and we’ve been good through the years at adapting.

“She’s coping with a medical difficulty and the most effective place for her to be is at house in the mean time.”

Australia’s one-off Check towards England in Nottingham begins on June 22, with three T20s and three ODIs to comply with within the multi-format sequence.

Australia has retained the Ashes throughout the previous 4 sequence, with Lanning’s workforce failing to lose a sport over the past contest in 2021-22.