Haynes set to captain Australia in Ashes
UPDATE: IT'S OFFICIAL.
Rachael Haynes says it is a "huge honour" to be appointed stand-in Australian captain for the upcoming women's Ashes in place of an injured Meg Lanning.
"I had the opportunity in the World Cup and that was great but to captain in an Ashes series, in such a huge series, it's a huge honour and it's something I'm really excited about," Haynes said.
The 30 year-old was informed of her appointment at the beginning of Australia's pre-Ashes training camp in Brisbane last week.
She'll become Australia's 19th Test captain when the first ever women's day-night Test gets underway at North Sydney Oval but before that the Southern Stars' will be playing in two One Day Internationals in Coffs Harbour on October 26 and 29 as part of the multi-format series.
"It's a big responsibility to captain Australia," she said.
"The team has been fantastic, we had a chat about what it means and Meg has been extremely supportive as well.
"I have Alex (Blackwell) there too as vice-captain so I'm feeling really confident in terms of the support I'll have around me and I'm just looking forward to getting back together as a squad when we come back into camp."
11.15am: WHEN the Southern Stars battle it out in Coffs Harbour for the Women's Ashes against the old enemy, Rachael Haynes is set to be the stand-in captain.
Australian captain and world class batter Meg Lanning underwent surgery on her troublesome right shoulder in August and has been ruled out for six to eight months, meaning she won't take any part in the 2017-18 home summer.
Australia's leader for the series against England, which begins in Brisbane on October 22, will be announced at NSW's Parliament House today but the Cricket Australia website is indicating Haynes has been given the nod.
Haynes filled in as Australian skipper when Lanning was rested for two group matches during the recent World Cup in the United Kingdom. Now she is set to take on the role for the multi-format Ashes, which will see the Southern Stars play England in three ODIs, a day-night Test and three T20Is.
Haynes, 30, only returned to the Australian squad in February following a three-and-a-half-year absence, but was given the nod to stand in for Lanning at the World Cup ahead of experienced vice-captain Alex Blackwell to become Australia's 17th ODI captain.