More Australian withdrawals expected from The Hundred

More Australian withdrawals expected from The Hundred

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More Australian players are expected to pull out of the inaugural The Hundred with the itinerary for India’s tour of Australia announced earlier in the week. The series will begin on September 19 with an ODI series followed by the one-off day/night Test match in Perth from September 30.

The Hundred will end on August 21 and there’s a very small window before Australia’s series against India, given the quarantine protocols in the country. Rachael Haynes, who pulled out from The Hundred last week, gave the tight scheduling as the reason to do so.

“A hard quarantine and then coming onto the start of our summer – I appreciate it hasn't been announced yet – but knowing that India are potentially going to tour Australia during September, it was getting really tight from a scheduling perspective,” Haynes, who led Sydney Thunder to the title in the sixth season of the Women’s Big Bash League, was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“To do a hard quarantine, that's a really tough physical preparation and I didn't want that to potentially jeopardise the rest of my summer. It was a really tough decision to withdraw. I was really keen to be a part of it and captain the Oval Invincibles side, so it felt like a lot to walk away from.”

“I wish the competition every success. I'll definitely be following from home and perhaps down the track if another opportunity presents and the calendar is a little bit different and we're not navigating our way through a pandemic, I'd love the opportunity to go back and play.”

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Australia captain Meg Lanning, on the other hand, revealed that she is still working through about how to go about with the competitions. She has been signed up by Welsh Fire in The Hundred.

“We're still working through what that looks like with the Indian series coming in," Lanning told cricket.com.au.

"There's a little bit to work through there in terms of the schedule and what it might look like. But what I will say is The Hundred is going to be a great competition and they've put a lot of work into getting that up and running. I'd love to be a part of it, but there's a little bit to work through in terms of what it looks like.”

Ellyse Perry, who is excited to play two Tests this summer, chose to play her cards close to her chest but hinted that she will turn up for Birmingham Phoenix in all likelihood, unless the situation “drastically changes”.

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