AUSTRALIAN women's cricket captain Meg Lanning will miss this year's Ashes series after having shoulder surgery since returning from the recent World Cup.
Lanning played in the tournament in obvious discomfort and with her right shoulder heavily strapped, and had surgery earlier this week after having an assessment once she arrived back from the UK.
Cricket Australia announced on Friday morning that Lanning would miss the Ashes with six to eight months rehabilitation required.
"Meg has been managing a right shoulder injury and following the recent World Cup, it became apparent that she would require surgery," said Australia team physio Kate Mahony.
"Meg underwent surgery earlier this week and we expect that she will require a long rehabilitation period of six to eight 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."
Australia coach Matthew Mott said Lanning had played through an incredible amount of pain during the World Cup with little to no painkilling treatment and that she was now looking forward to moving on from it and coming back stronger.
"She's going well. She's had some work done and there'll be a statement out in the next day or two about that. She's going to need some time out of the game, but how long that is, we actually don't know," Mott said.
"The good thing now is we've isolated the issue and she knows what the plan forward is. All will be revealed in the next couple of days, which is a relief.
"I think she's certainly got to that point where at least she knows what the road forward looks like."
Lanning played in six of Australia's eight matches at the World Cup in June and July, sitting out two to rest the injury.
NSW and Sydney Thunder vice-captain Rachael Haynes captained Australia in Lanning's absence.
Lanning still managed knocks of 152, 48, 40 and 76 in four of those matches with limited movement in her shoulder, proving why she's widely regarded as the best batter in women's cricket.
However her tournament finished on a low note when Australia went out in the semi-final to India and she was bowled for a duck.
Lanning said she was confident the team would do well throughout the Ashes while she is recovering.
"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."
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