Australian fast bowling star Tayla Vlaeminck will miss not just the Commonwealth Games but also the next WBBL season as she continues to battle a serious foot injury that forced her to miss the World Cup triumph in April.
Vlaeminck, 23, has played just a single T20 for Australia in 2022 and has been working with the Australian Ballet in a bid to rehabilitate the navicular stress fracture in her foot.
Selectors have picked the same squad that triumphed at the World Cup in New Zealand this year to go for gold in Birmingham, where Shelley Nitschke will take the reins as interim head coach after Matthew Mott’s was appointed as England one-day coach.
Superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry will play only as a batter as she continues to deal with the lower back stress fracture that nearly cost her a place in the World Cup final, while Vlaeminck’s return to cricket remains unknown.
“Tayla is also progressing well in her rehab after sustaining a navicular stress fracture prior to the Ashes in January,” team physiotherapist Kate Beerworth said.
“She’s been working with the Australian Ballet over the past few months and will continue to progress her rehab using a collaborative approach with Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and Australian Ballet staff.
“Tayla’s injury is long-term and she remains unavailable for the tri-series, Commonwealth Games and the WBBL, with no date set for her return at this stage.”
Women’s T20 cricket is making its debut at this year’s Games in an eight-team competition, with all matches played at Edgbaston, a ground where Australia’s women have never won.
“To be there with athletes from badminton, squash, lawn bowls and a host of other sports is going to be a wonderful new experience for our players to embrace,” Australian captain Meg Lanning said.
“We’ve all grown up watching the Commonwealth Games on TV, seeing Australian athletes inspire the rest of the country, and we’re hoping to do the same.”
Before heading to Birmingham, the Aussies play four games in a week in a tri-series against Ireland and Pakistan.
Australia’s Commonwealth Games squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda Jade Wellington.