Ashleigh Gardner, the Australian offspinner, has been ruled of the second Women’s Ashes One-Day international in Coffs Harbour due to concussion, on Thursday (October 26).
Kate Mahony, the squad’s physiotherapist, however, was confident of Gardner recovering in time for the third ODI to be played in Coffs Harbour on Sunday (October 29).
“Ash took a slight hit by the ball towards the end of the first ODI in Brisbane, and subsequently presented with mild concussion symptoms,” Mahony noted.
Gardner ruled out of the second game, either Lauren Cheatle, the left-arm pacer, or Kristen Beams, the legspinner, could replace the bowling all-rounder.
Riding on Alex Blackwell’s unbeaten 67 and Gardner’s all-round skills, Australia won the first ODI by two wickets.