Mandhana withdraws from rest of The Hundred to spend time with family ahead of Australia tour
Smriti Mandhana © Getty Images
India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana has withdrawn from the last two games of The Hundred, including the final for Southern Brave, to spend time with family before India’s Australia tour.
Mandhana, who arrived in the United Kingdom on June 3, has represented India in all seven matches of the tour against England before playing for Souther Brave in the inaugural season of The Hundred. The 25-year-old left-handed batter will be replaced by Irish opener Gaby Lewis who has represented Ireland in more than 50 matches across formats.
Having scored 167 runs at an average of 128, Mandhana has emerged as the third-highest run-scorer for the Southern Brave, only behind English internationals Danielle Wyatt (188) and Sophia Dunkley (186). Her highest score of 78 in The Hundred came against Welsh Fire on August 11, when she formed Southern Brave’s first partnership of 100 runs along with Wyatt.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity, and I can’t wait to get over there. It’s a great chance to be around, and learn from, some of the best in the world, and I want to thank the Southern Brave for giving me the opportunity,” Lewis said ahead of her departure for England.
Lewis has impressed with her form during the Irish domestic season and the T20I series, including an unbeaten 52 off just 29 balls against the Netherlands.
“I have been following The Hundred as much as I can. It’s been a great competition so far. And, it’s great to see all the young kids, especially girls, at all the games. To be a part of it will be a great experience,” Lewis said while sharing her impression of The Hundred competition.
It is also being reported that India's T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur will also head home having sustained a quad injury. However, Manchester Originals have decided not to replace her.