Lanning back to lead Australia women in India

Meg Lanning will make her return to international cricket next month after she was included in Australia’s ODI and T20 squads for the tour to India.

Lanning, who has not played any cricket since July and had shoulder surgery, will lead the team in both formats with uncapped duo Sophie Molineux and Nicola Carey also included in both squads.

Rachael Haynes was named the vice-captain of the two squads after Alex Blackwell retired from international cricket earlier this week.

National selector Shawn Flegler said: “Meg’s rehab has been progressing well, she’s back to her old self with the bat and with a few weeks until the first match, we’re confident she’ll be right to play when the times comes.

“Meg will resume the captaincy and we’re extremely fortunate to have Rach as her deputy after doing a fantastic job as stand-in skipper during the Women’s Ashes.

“She’ll be a great sounding board for Meg and will continue to drive the standards of the team.”

Australia will play three ODIs in India, starting on 12 March, before taking part in a T20 tri-series with the hosts and England.

Australia women ODI squad: Meg Lanning (capt), Rachael Haynes (vice-capt), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

T20 squad: Meg Lanning (capt), Rachael Haynes (vice-capt), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington