Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes is one of the key players of the team. She was appointed as Lanning’s deputy ahead of Australia’s tour of India in March, following the retirement of the all-rounder Alex Blackwell. Haynes was the stand-in captain during last summer’s Ashes.
Haynes and Lanning share a great partnership on the field. Moreover, they always build an unbreakable bond in the middle order. Ahead of the World T20, she spoke to the media. “We enjoy batting together,” Haynes said while talking about her captain. “Having an in-form batter helps. Meg was into her innings and was quite fluent, that definitely helped me get into mine as well, and usually, I’d just try to get her on strike, but I got a couple away too, which was nice.”
“We’ve spent a lot of time playing alongside each other, even early on in our careers back in Victoria, so we know each other’s games really well,” she added. “We run really well between the wickets too, so I think we complement each other really nicely.”
“But our style of play is that we want to be aggressive at the top. Our strength is our batting depth and we’ve got full confidence in our ability that if (the top order) doesn’t come off, we’ve got plenty of people sitting on the bench who can come in and do the job,” Haynes said about the 15-member squad, as they are all equally talented and have the ability to turn the table.
“We really do have 15 players who can take the field, and do a wonderful job for our team, so I’m pretty thankful I’m not a selector,” Haynes expressed. “It’s going to be a pretty tough decision to make, but I have no doubt whoever gets in will do a great job.”
Australia squad have two new players, they are Tayla Vlaeminck and Nicola Carey. They have performed really well in the recently concluded series. “It has probably made it more complicated, to be honest, we really do have 15 players who could take the field and do a wonderful job for the team,” she said.
Australia will face Pakistan in their series campaign on November 9 at Providence Stadium, Guyana.