Southern Stars skipper Meg “Megastar” Lanning will miss the entire Australian season, including the Women’s Ashes this October/ November, after having undergone an operation on her right shoulder.
The shoulder troubled Lanning throughout the recent World Cup, and it was clearly only a matter when, not if, she had the surgery.
Team physio Kate Mahony said:
“Meg underwent surgery earlier this week and we expect that she will require a long rehabilitation period of 6-8 months.”
It will be interesting to see who captain’s Australia during the Ashes – Alex Blackwell, the official vice-captain, was overlooked when Lanning sat out of a couple of games at the World Cup, in favour of Rachael Haynes, even though Haynes can’t hold a place in the side on merit – the only matches she played were the ones she captained.
Coach Matthew Mott said at the time that Haynes was “a captain of the future” but she is 30 – 5 years older than Lanning – so that would presumably be a future where Cricket Australia have invented a time machine!
The more prosaic truth seems to be that Blackwell has fallen out of favour and Mott didn’t want to create a “line of succession” or cause ill-feeling between the younger players by nominating one over another; but that might now be a call circumstances will force him to take.