Rachael Haynes suffers injury in nets ahead of second ODI

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Rachael Haynes – the understated superstar in Australia’s top order  

Rachael Haynes celebrates a milestone. © Getty Images

Australia opener Rachael Haynes was injured in the nets while preparing for the second ODI against India that is scheduled to be played on Friday (September 24).

Batting in the nets, prepping for the next encounter, Haynes suffered a nasty blow to her right elbow. The left-hander has been taken to scans for further examination, the team physio Kate Beerworth confirmed to cricket.com.au: "Rach suffered a knock to her right elbow while batting today and has been taken to get a scan."

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Haynes was the top scorer for Australia with an unbeaten 93* in the first ODI. If Haynes is deemed to be unavailable, either Beth Mooney or Georgia Redmayne might open the batting with Alyssa Healy.

Mooney has been partnering with Healy in the shortest format, while Redmayne has earned her call-up on the back of an incredible WNCL season with Queensland in 2020. If Mooney does open, it opens up the door for Annabel Sutherland in the middle-order, adding more strength to the pace attack.

Either way, the Indian camp will also be following the events keenly as they struggled to dismiss the Australian opener in the first match.