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Update Perry ruled out of series opener against New Zealand

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Star allrounder Ellyse Perry has been ruled out of the opening game of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand starting on Saturday (26 September) at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

The 29-year-old tore her hamstring during the Women's T20 World Cup earlier this year and has been on the road to recovery since, with an aim to be fit for the home summer. "She's still working through her return-to-play plan," Lanning, the Australian captain, said ahead of the series opener.

Perry's minimal involvement in the training sessions this week had hinted that she may not be a starter for the T20I series, a fact which was confirmed by the Australian skipper. "When she (Perry) ticks off all those markers, she'll be available, but she's still working through that so we won't see her tomorrow."

"She's doing everything she can to get up and play (at some point in the series), and she's got a very good plan in place - everyone has looked after her, and once she gets through that she'll be available," Lanning added.

Lanning also spoke about the impressive bowling show by 22-year-old Belinda Vakarewa during the practice game, who could potentially make her debut tomorrow. "Belinda Vakarewa was really impressive, especially with the new ball. Suzie Bates came out pretty hard at her and she was able to hold her back and get her wicket in the end," she said.

"There are six games in pretty quick succession but we're pretty confident we'll have everybody to pick from. To have new people come into the squad and play so well, it's really encouraging," Lanning said.

Australia are set to play 3 T20Is followed by 3 ODIs at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, with the series coming to a conclusion on October 7.


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