Australia Women's captain and wicket-keeper Jodie Fields has been ruled out of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and will be replaced by Alyssa Healy.
Fields has suffered a hamstring injury and Alex Blackwell will take over the captaincy with Shelley Nitschke stepping up as vice-captain.
Fields had been on the sidelines since January with a hamstring injury, picked up in a Women's National Cricket League match and she reinjured the same hamstring on Thursday (22nd April).
“Jodie had undergone extensive rehabilitation following her severe hamstring injury in January this year and was on track to return to full fitness in the near future before unfortunately reinjuring the hamstring yesterday," physio David Beakley said.
“She will have surgery again tomorrow and following that we will plan further treatment as we continue to chart her rehabilitation in supporting her comeback.”
Fields added: “It’s obviously a disappointing setback but I’ll go through the rehabilitation process and look forward to be back playing again this summer. It would have been great to make the trip to the West Indies, but I know the team is in safe hands with Alex in charge and I will be watching on and I wish them all the best."
Australia Women take on England on 5th May, South Africa on 7th May and the West Indies on 9th May in the initial group stage of the tournament.
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