Tayla Vlaeminck to miss ODIs and Test against India due to injury concerns

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Australia head coach Matthew Mott has confirmed that fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck will not take part in upcoming the three-match ODI series and the day-night Test against India due to ongoing injury concerns.

Speaking ahead of the series from Brisbane, Mott said that Valeminck is unavailable for the ODIs and Test match but is likely to be back in the team for the T20I series. "Tayla has had some little niggles throughout her build-up down in Victoria. That's something that we've been monitoring all the way through," he said while addressing the press on Thursday (September 16).

"She does have to step up her loads gradually. We've got to manage her really well – we've got a huge 18 months for her as a young fast bowler, and we know the impact that she can have when she plays."

After missing the 2020 T20 World Cup due to injury, Vlaeminck made a comeback in the tour of New Zealand in March 2021. With Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen missing the series already, the absence of Vlaeminck has left a huge hole in the Australian bowling unit. The pressure would be on allrounder Ellyse Perry to lead the bowling attack.

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Though Perry has not bowled much since her injury during the 2020 T20 World cup, Mott seems confident that the 30-year-old is ready to lead the young bowling attack against India. "Something we have spoken about is without Schutt and Jonassen, she's going to play a really pivotal role in leading our attack with some young bowlers around her," he said.

"She obviously had a very long recovery now and (this series is) something she's planned a lot for. Speaking to Ben Sawyer, who has worked a lot with her at the Sixers, he's really happy with where she's at. At the crease, he can't remember her being as strong as she has been, and certainly in the hits that we've had up here."

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He said that Perry bowled well in the intra-squad warmup game, taking the wicket of Meg Lanning, adding, "it's exciting to see where she's going to take her game."

Mott indicated that the Adelaide Strikers pacer Darcie Brown is likely to make her Test debut in the absence of Vlaeminck. He said that the teenage speedster would be an impact bowler, with her high-end pace coming in handy.

"What we have found in our stats for the last few Tests is that spinners bowl a lot of the overs. Having some like Darcie to come in for short spells is probably how she's going to be used. I think our quicks will probably used a lot more for impact than the grunt work in the middle overs."