Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning
Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: August 15th, 2023 at 12:25 pm

Australian wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy is hopeful about skipper Meg Lanning’s return to the national team for the series against the West Indies at home. Alyssa Healy stated that she is looking forward to seeing Meg Lanning in an Australian jersey in the West Indies series in October.

Earlier, Meg Lanning took a six-month break from cricket due to personal reasons. Lanning made a comeback in the series against Pakistan in January. However, she withdrew from the women’s Ashes tour of England and the ODI match series against Ireland due to medical reasons.

Hopefully Seeing Her Back In Aussie Colours In October – Alyssa Healy

On Tuesday, Alyssa Healy hinted at Meg Lanning‘s potential return to the squad for the upcoming Whiteball series against the West Indies later this year.

“I’ve spoken to her in bits and pieces, but I obviously left her alone during the Ashes because it would have been tough for her to watch.

“It’s great to see her out. I think she’s in Sydney this week doing a heap of sponsor filming which is amazing, and from all reports she’s progressing really well for the summer,” Healy said.

“I haven’t seen her just yet, but from all reports she’s going really well and I look forward to hopefully seeing her back in Aussie colours in October against the Windies.

“I’m always hopeful, and I think the whole country is hopeful of that, but that’s a decision not for me. Hopefully, she’s playing some cricket really soon,” she added.

According to the latest reports, Lanning could participate for the Melbourne Stars in the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), scheduled to commence on October 19.

Meg Lanning Is The Captain Of Australia – Alyssa Healy

Alyssa Healy stated that she will willingly pass on the captaincy responsibilities to Meg Lanning if she wants to reclaim the position.

“Meg is the captain of the Australian women’s cricket team, and I’m fully aware of that fact. I’ve just been doing my job as best as I can for the group, but that’s a decision and a conversation for Meg to have.”

“We want her to be fit and firing first and foremost, and if that means coming back and taking charge of the team, then I’ll happily step aside and support her in the best way I know how,” she concluded.

Healy captained the Australian women’s cricket team in the recent series against the England women’s cricket team, leading the side to regain the series for the first time since 2015.