Molly Strano replaces injured Tayla Vlaeminck in T20 WC squad

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Vlaeminck was the joint highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded T20I series involving India and England, at home © Getty

As feared on Wednesday (February 19), Australian pacer Tayla Vlaeminck was ruled out of the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup with a foot injury. The selectors have named off spinner Molly Strano as Vlaeminck’s replacement for the mega event.

Vlaeminck was earlier spotted wearing a moon boot which is usually used for the treatment of severe sprains, fractures and tendon or ligament tears. Scans later revealed a stress response of the third metatarsal and signs of an early stress fracture of the navicular.

The 21-year-old, who has so far represented Australia in 16 games across formats, was her side’s joint-highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded tri-series, featuring India and England with seven wickets at an impressive economy of 5.25. Vlaeminck also came with the reputation of being one of the fastest in the women’s game currently.

“Tayla has been in brilliant form of late and established herself as one of the premier fast bowlers in international cricket,” Head coach Matthew Mott said. “No one ever wants to see a player miss a major tournament in these kinds of circumstances, but I have no doubt she will bounce back from this setback and play a leading role in Australian squads for many years to come.”

Vlaeminck’s replacement Strano has played just five T20Is in her career so far with the most recent appearance coming in November 2017. The 27-year-old finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Women’s Big Bash and was in fine form in the Women’s National Cricket League as well.

“We are fortunate to have great depth across Australian cricket and Molly enters the squad in great form having recently been named the domestic player of the year,” Mott added.

Hosts Australia open their campaign against India on February 21 in Sydney.

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