Meg Lanning © Getty Images
Meg Lanning © Getty Images

Australia Women have been without their regular skipper Meg Lanning since August. Lanning had injured her shoulder during the 2017 Women’s World Cup in July. She could not participate in the 2017-18 Ashes as well. Rachel Haynes was appointed as the captain in her absence. But Australia maintained their dominance. Under Haynes’ captaincy, Australia retained the Ashes.

But Lanning lost the No. 1 position in ODIs to Mithali Raj. However, her rehabilitation has gone so well that Lanning would be back in action before heading for the India tour in February, and is in contention to reclaim the No. 1 spot.

Talking about the progress on her injury, Lanning told cricket.com.au, “It is all coming along really well and the plan is to be fit for that Indian tour. I have to build up my strength. To be able to bat without any restrictions is the first (hurdle). What will take the longest is diving and fielding and throwing which is probably the last things I have to tick off to be back to 100 per cent. Everything (at training) is pretty controlled at the moment so hitting straight and along the ground.”

Lanning was at the peak of her career when she was struck by injury. She had set a new record for most ODI centuries in April.