14/04/2024

Tayla Velaminck was back in the green and gold as the T20 leg of the multi-format series got underway on the Gold Coast. (Image: cricket.com.au)

Tayla Vlaeminck has been ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes and the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, but there is a plethora of depth waiting in the wings.

Tayla Vlaeminck has been ruled out of the remainder of the Women’s Ashes through injury, but there is a plethora of depth in the Australian squad to replace the unlucky young star.

The young fast bowling sensation can’t seem to catch a break after learning that she would be ruled out of the Ashes series and her second ICC Cricket World Cup in a row. The injury that she sustained was a familiar one, a stress fracture to her foot, the same one that was injured in 2020.

“Tayla reported a return in midfoot pain and subsequent images have confirmed a recurrent stress fracture of the navicular,” team doctor Philippa Inge said.

When asked about the young Australian quick, Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes remarked that “it was a pretty quiet changeroom when we found out the news”.

“We’re so disappointed for her. She’s a really popular member of our group. There’s probably not a lot you can say [to console her] at the moment.

“Obviously we want to be as positive as we can for her but also we’re also recognising that she is going to have a little bit of a long road back to cricket.”

Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes (left). (Image: @imfemalecricket/Twitter)

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So who now comes in to fill the quick void in the Australian side?

One left of field replacement could be Sophie Molineux. Not because she hasn’t been within the frame for selection, but because she herself has also been plagued with injury lately.

The 24-year-old all rounder is a more than handy left arm orthodox bowler who can bat up the order with an average of 104.4, with six scores over 100 in the WBBL.

She suffered a stress fracture in her right foot, but should be declared fit by the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Sophie Molineux
Australian Gun All-Rounder Sophie Molineux could be fit to come into the Australian national women’s cricket team. (Image: Melbourne Renegades/Twitter)

An ex-teammate of Molineux’s in the WBBL in Maitlan Brown is another possibility to replace Vlaeminck.

Brown has been in the Australia A team, where she has averaged just under eight runs a over and has collected two wickets in the three matches. Her best bowling figures are 3/17 with an economy of 6.9 in the WBBL.

Maitlan Brown
Australian all-rounder Maitlan Brown (Image: Sydney Sixers/Twitter)

Maitlan Brown’s new teammate in the WBBL, Stella Campbell, could also enter the selection fray in the hunt for a lightning quick.

With career-best figures of 2/12 in the WBBL, 2/47 in the one Test match she was selected for, and 1/41 best figures in the one day format could she firm as a long-term solution for all formats?

Could young lightning quick Stella Campbell be recalled? (Image: cricket.com.au)

When looking at exciting prospects already around the team, Darcie Brown of the Adelaide Strikers in the WBBL could be the obvious answer.

Being selected in Vlaeminck’s absence for the second and third abandoned T20 internationals makes it seem like the selectors have her earmarked to be the replacement, however more experienced options could prevail.

Is Darcie Brown the incumbent? (Source: Cricket Australia)

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