Aussie quick set to be ruled out of T20 World Cup after foot injury – Fox Sports


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Australia is sweating on the fitness of star fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck after the 21-year-old was spotted sporting a moon boot on Wednesday.

Foxsports.com.au understands there are fears the quick has suffered a stress fracture in her foot, which would rule her out of the entire World Cup tournament.

If she is ruled out, Australia will be able to apply to the ICC to have a replacement player brought into their 15-person squad.

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Fast bowler Belinda Vakarewa and spinner Molly Strano would be two candidates to join the squad, while Australia could look towards Elyse Villani if Matthew Mott’s squads wants more batting depth.

Vlaeminck trained earlier this week, but missed Australia’s warm-up game on Tuesday with Australia set to know more on the significance of her injury over the next 48 hours.

Australia will train at Sydney Showgrounds on Thursday, ahead of their first game against India on Friday night.

“Anything that requires a moon boot isn’t overly great,” teammate Ellyse Perry told reporters on Wednesday.

Tayla Vlaeminck is set to be ruled out of the World Cup.Source: Getty Images

“The whole squad has their fingers and toes crossed for Tay but I don’t think it’s real positive. We’ll probably know in the next 24 hours.

“From a player’s point of view we’re really supportive of Tay, she is a really important member of our squad and we wish her all the best.”

Vlaeminck has had a number of injury setbacks during her career, including two knee reconstructions as a junior.

It comes after former Australian star Mel Jones predicted she could be the first female to hit the 130 km/h barrier.

“Once she has that confidence to just wang it down there. It’s not unfathomable to say that she will be our 130km/h bowler,” Jones, who played 66 games for Australia across all formats, told AAP.

“You don’t want to put pressure on her, but I think that’s capable. “And if she doesn’t she will generate the next generation of bowlers who want to be the next Tayla Vlaeminck.”

– with AAP



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