Erin Burns, the Australia allrounder, has been called up as a replacement for Rachel Trenaman in the Australia A one-day squad that is set to take on India A in a three-match series beginning on Thursday (December 12). Teenager Trenaman asked to be excused from the series to focus on her mental health.
Burns, who was originally only part of the T20 team, has been added to the 13-member one-day squad as a like-for-like replacement for Trenaman. The 31-year-old doubles up as a spin option and a handy middle-order batter and is also exceptional in the field.
“While it’s a shame to see Rachel miss out on this tour, she has our full support and the most important thing for any player is heir health,” Shawn Flegler, national selector, said.
“Erin is almost a like-for-like replacement for Rachel with both players providing another spin bowling option while also being able to bat in the middle order, and also of course, Erin is a terrific fielder as well. We know what Erin can do in the T20 arena, but now she has the opportunity to spend some more time out in the middle and show us what she can do in the longer format of the game,” Flegler concluded.
Meanwhile, India A, who landed in Brisbane on Monday (December 9) were also handed an injury blow with allrounder Harleen Deol being ruled out of the series with a toe injury. She has been replaced by Yastika Bhatia, the left hand batter from Baroda, who was part of the India A team that won the inaugural Emerging Asia Cup.
Australia A will clash with India A in three one-day matches in Brisbane followed by three T20s on the Gold Coast.