The retirement of Australian Cricket legend Rachel Haynes has left the vice-captain position of the Australian Women’s team available.
Similarly the Australian Men’s ODI squad has been left without a captain after Aaron Finch announced his international retirement recently as well.
Haynes announced her retirement earlier in the week, after a career that spanned 13 years. The 35-year-old was one of the top batters in the world, and has added a Commonwealth Games gold medal, 167 International games, and three T20 World Cup victories to her impressive resume.
The quest for the next vice-captain has now commenced, with Alyssa Healey, Jess Jonnasen and Thalia McGrath names that have been floated. Sophie Molineux would also be a suitable replacement, after just having being appointed captain of the Victorian side.
With Meg Lanning also currently taking a break from the game, it means the next vice-captain could become the captain on an interim basis.
I don’t want to throw names out there ... but they [CA] have been preparing for this moment for a while," Haynes told The Sydney Morning Herald.
"There’s some other players as well who are currently leading teams as well in the female domestic space. It probably comes down to what direction they want to head in, whether they’re thinking short or long term,” Hayes said.
Hayes will wrap up her cricket career with the WBBL, commencing the 13th of October, while Australia will then move onto a home summer ahead of the ODI World Cup in New Zealand early next year.