COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 26: Australia's Rachael Haynes in action during the Women's One Day International match between Australia and England on October 26, 2017 in Coffs Harbour, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Rachel Haynes is well-positioned to fill the leadership void left by captain Meg Lanning's absence.

With Lanning's decision to take some time away from the game coming just five months after long-term coach Matthew Mott also departed, fans could be forgiven for wondering if leadership is lacking in the Australian camp.

Yet, in vice-captain Rachel Haynes, they have someone proven to be a formidable leader.

Having already taken the helm on fourteen occasions, the Sydney Thunder captain notably led the Aussies to a 2017 Ashes triumph in place of an injured Lanning.

In an interview with's Adam Burnett on Thursday, Haynes expressed her willingness to captain again, while emphasising that her appointment was far from guaranteed.

"I'm definitely open to doing it myself, or if there's another person who they think is better suited, then they'd have my full support as well," the 167-game veteran said.

"So that's not my decision – it's a few people who have to mark that off … I'm happy to do it moving forward, but that's not in my hands."

Australia certainly does have other options, with the likes of Ellyse Perry, Allyssa Healy and Tahlia Mcgrath all possessing captaincy experience. Yet, Haynes remains the most likely choice.

"I've stepped into that role before when Meg's been injured and I'm current vice-captain so whoever the head coach is and whoever the national selectors think is the best person to do it (is up to them)," the 35-year-old said.

Australia also still doesn't have a full-time coach, with Shelly Nitschke playing an interim role. A four-month break before a tour of India in December provides the perfect opportunity to select the new leaders, however.

"Our national team has a pretty significant break … there's plenty of time to have those (leadership) conversations once we get back (to Australia)," Haynes said.

"A new head coach will get appointed as well so I think there's a few things to go through and I guess tick off before those conversations happen."

This means Australia will be well-placed to take on a bumper schedule in the first-ever women's Future Tours Program and add to their growing list of accomplishments.