Cricket Australia released a statement Saturday saying that Lanning had been removed from the team based on medical advice due to a problem that required treatment from home. No further details were released.
It’s a disappointing setback for Meg, and she’s certainly disappointed to have been dropped from the Ashes, said Sean Flegler, Cricket Australia’s head of women’s cricket. This is an important series for the team, and she will be missed, but she understands that her health has to come first.
Meg will remain at home, where she will continue to work with the medical staff with the goal of returning to play as soon as possible.
Lanning, 31, who missed the 2017-18 Ashes series due to a shoulder injury, has led the Australian dominance in women’s international cricket for the past five years.
She had a four-month break before returning to cricket in January and leading Australia in defending the World Twenty20 title in March. She also played in India’s first Women’s T20 Premier League.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Alyssa Healy will lead the Australian team throughout the Ashes women’s tour.
The multi-format series will begin with a Test match in Nottingham on June 22, followed by three T20 matches and three ODIs.