Australia speedster Tayla Vlaeminck is unlikely to participate in the T20 World Cup after suffering a foot injury ahead of the opening game against India.
Fronting Australia’s team reception in Sydney, the pacer was seen sporting a moon boot — an orthopaedic device for treating severe sprains, fractures, and tendon or ligament tears.
Vlaeminck trained with the team on Monday but did not feature in Australia's four-wicket warm-up win against South Africa in Adelaide the next day.
‘The whole squad has their fingers and toes crossed for Tay but I don't think it's overly positive. We should know in the next 24 hours. From a players' point of view, we're very supportive of Tay. She's an important member of our squad and we just want to wish her all the best', Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry said.
It’s believed she has suffered a stress fracture, adding to the long list of injuries the 21-year-old has.
Before her international debut, Vlaeminck has already undergone two knee reconstructions and treatment for a dislocated shoulder. She recovered from an ACL strain in the nick of time to make it to the World Cup squad, appearing to be in fine form in the tri-series against England and India.
So far, Vlaeminck has featured in one Test, six ODIs and nine T20Is. She holds 11 wickets in T20Is at an outstanding economy of 5.55 and an average of 14.63. To kickstart their campaign in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Australia (-312.5) will be against India (+250) on February 21st. To check out the odds for upcoming matches, head over to Betwala.
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