Australia captain Meg Lanning will miss the upcoming Women's Ashes series following a long-term shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old's injury aggravated during the recently concluded Women's World Cup in England where she was forced to miss a couple of games and now has underwent a surgery on Wednesday.
Cricket Australia Team Physiotherapist Kate Mahony confirmed the news on Lanning and further added that she might need between six to eight weeks of rehabilitation period.
"Meg has been managing a right shoulder injury and following the recent World Cup, it became apparent that she would require surgery," Mahony told cricket.com.au.
"Meg underwent surgery earlier this week and we expect that she will require a long rehabilitation period of 6-8 months, ruling her out of the upcoming Ashes Series.
"We will continue to monitor her progress, with return to play timelines to become clearer once she has commenced rehabilitation."
This also means, Lanning will miss the Women's National Cricket League and Women's Big Bash League tournaments as well later this year.
Expressing disappointment on the news, Lanning is now looking forward to have a successful recovery phase.
"Whilst it's very disappointing to be unavailable for the Ashes, I'm looking forward to getting stuck into my rehabilitation and returning to cricket as soon as possible," Lanning said.
"It's an incredibly special occasion for any cricketer to be a part of and I wish the team all the best as they set out to retain the Ashes."
Lanning was the second most successful batsman in the 2015 multi-format Ashes during which she scored 264 runs from seven matches that included three apiece of Twenty20 Internationals and One-Day Internationals and a solitary Test match.
The 2017 Women's Ashes in Australia which will also be a multi-format competition comprises of three ODIs, a day-night Test match and three T20Is to be played between 22nd October and 21st November.
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