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Healy not to be part of Pakistan T20Is

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Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan at home due to a calf injury she sustained during the recent tour of India. According to a statement from Cricket Australia, Healy is expected to be available for the T20 World Cup in South Africa in February. She will remain with the squad during the series as she continues her rehabilitation.

Healy had originally planned to return for the Pakistan T20s, but with the World Cup approaching, she decided to take an extra week for recovery. “Initial plan was to get back for the Pakistan T20s, but with the World Cup lurking and us flying out later this month, we decided to take the extra week for recovery,” Healy said. “I’m keen to get on the plane for the World Cup but keener to watch the girls and how they go about it.”

Beth Mooney, who kept wicket in Healy’s absence in India, will continue in the role for the upcoming series. Australia also announced their T20I squad for the Pakistan series as well as the T20 World Cup earlier this week. Captain Meg Lanning is set to return to international cricket since August 2022, while legspinner Georgia Wareham is also back in the squad, having last played a T20I in October 2021.

Australia will play three ODIs against Pakistan in Brisbane on January 16 before the T20Is get underway in Sydney on January 24. The second T20I will take place in Hobart on January 26, and the final T20I is scheduled in Canberra on January 29. The squad will be looking to win the series against Pakistan and prepare well for the T20 World Cup, which will be starting on February 12th.

It’s always a big loss when a player like Alyssa Healy, who is a key player in the team, is ruled out, but the team is expected to be well-prepared to fill the gap and perform well in the upcoming series and T20 World Cup.

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