21/04/2024

Stella Campbell celebrates a wicket on debut for Australia yesterday. Image: cricket.com.au

While Australia lost its first one-day international since 2017, Aussie skipper Meg Lanning is left with plenty of selection headaches ahead of Thursday's Test Match against India

While the winning streak was ultimately broken by a gritty Indian side, the next generation of Australia’s fast bowlers has arrived, with the One-Day leg of the multi-format series against India in Mackay full of positive signs for Meg Lanning and her bowling stocks, ahead of Thursday’s Test Match.

In Australia’s first loss since 2017, India also successfully chased down its highest one-day international target, reaching the target of 265 in the final over.

Despite the loss, Australia enjoyed a productive trip to Mackay with two wins and a number of exciting young talent impressing.

Australian captain Meg Lanning said young talent’s attitude impressed the team’s leaders.

“Coming into this series we knew we would be tested with our depth, we would love to have Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen with us,” she said.

“It did provide us the opportunity to give some younger players a crack and I thought everyone that came in played their role and showed some exciting skills.

“It’s great for our future, to be able to come in and contribute straight away is really strong and shows how strong the group is.”

Stella Campbell took a wicket in her debut and performed well despite Australia’s two-wicket loss.

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Lanning said the squad planned to rotate fast bowlers throughout the multi-format series.

“Stella bowled really well, I was really impressed by her performance,” she said.

“We have to look after our fast bowlers, they’re very young and there’s a really good plan in place to start their international careers.

“They’ve had a taste of it now, so they’ve all had a crack and they’re all looking forward to the opportunities over the next few weeks.”

Australia lead the multi-format series 4 points to 2 at the end of the One-Day leg with the Pink-Ball Test match this week to prove decisive in the landscape of the series before 3 T20i’s to round out the series.

Australia will be sweating on the fitness of several of their stars, with injury clouds hovering over Georgia Wareham, Rachael Haynes, and Beth Mooney who all picked up injuries in the One-Day games.

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