Australia’s Hannah Darlington Withdraws from Women’s WC 2022

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Hannah Darlington withdraws from Women's WC 2022
Hannah Darlington withdraws from Women's WC 2022

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Australian young women cricketer Hannah Darlington withdraws from the upcoming Women’s World Cup inorder to protect her mental health and wellbeing.

As per ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 schedule, the tournament is set to begin on March 4, 2022 with New Zealand, the hosts, taking on West Indies at the Bay Oval in Tauranga.

Hannah Darlington Withdraws from Women’s WC 2022

Selected as a reserve for the tournament in New Zealand, Darlington has made herself unavailable as Australia prepares to defeat England in the third and final Ashes ODI on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old will be replaced as one of two travelling reserves by Tasmania and Perth Scorchers allrounder Heather Graham.

All players will be forced to undergo 10 days of quarantine upon arriving in New Zealand before the World Cup gets underway on March 4.

Darlington has enjoyed a fine 2021/22 season, making her first international appearances in the multi-format series against India in September and October.

In the absence of Rachael Haynes, she captained Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League, taking 16 wickets at 20.75.

It was an otherwise disappointing campaign for Thunder, who finished one off the bottom in the regular season.

Hannah Darlington Cricket Journey

For Hannah Darlington, the cricket journey begins when she accidentally hit a teacher in the head with a ball and was given a choice of attending detention or joining the cricket team which later prompts her formal introduction to the sport.

At 15 years of age, Darlington signed with the Sydney Thunder ahead of the 2017–18 Women’s Big Bash League season. In 2018, she was selected as the captain for the Thunder’s first female Indigenous XI.

Darlington earned her WBBL debut in the opening match of the 2019–20 season on the same day of her Year 12 English exam. Darlington made her Women’s One Day International (WODI) debut on 21 September 2021 in a multi-format series against India.

She made her Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) debut on 7 October 2021 in the same series against India.

Australia Women’s T20 WC 2022 Squad

Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nic Carey, Ash Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington