Georgia Wareham injury, womens Ashes, Australia team, World Cup, Commonwealth Games

Australia has been dealt a major blow ahead of the Ashes, World Cup, and Commonwealth Games campaigns with confirmation gun leg-spinner Georgia Wareham faces a lengthy stint in the casualty ward.

The 22-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee while playing in the WBBL last month. She did the same injury in the same knee when she was a teenager, and now requires major surgery.

“Due to her previous history, Georgia requires a two-stage process to reconstruct her left ACL,” Australian team doctor Pip Inge said.

“She had a knee arthroscopy in Adelaide last week to remove the previous graft and will now commence rehab in Melbourne while she awaits for the knee to be ready for the ACL reconstruction in early 2022.

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“Due to the recovery time, Georgia will be unavailable for the Ashes, World Cup and Commonwealth Games with her return to play timeframe expected to become clearer after the reconstruction.”

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Wareham has played one Test, 23 one-day internationals, and 35 Twenty20 internationals for Australia already in her young career.

Her omission will hurt the Aussie team deeply, given how important she is to their make-up.

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