HOBART, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 05: Meg Lanning of Australia looks on prior to game two of the women's one day international series between Australia and India at Blundstone Arena on February 5, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Captain Meg Lanning will return to the Australian squad for next month's ODI series against Pakistan on home soil following a five-month leave of absence.

Lanning stepped away from her playing duties in August, taking a break from Australia and the Melbourne Stars, missing the entirety of the WBBL|08 season.

The star veteran will return to international duties as part of Australia's 13-player squad to face Pakistan in mid-January, with the Aussies hosting two matches at Allan Border Field and one at North Sydney Oval.

Australia will be without Alyssa Healy however, with the keeper continuing to nurse a calf complaint.

Jess Jonassen has been named in the squad despite a recent hamstring issue, with Heather Graham, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Grace Harris all on standby for the series.

"Meg brings so much to the side both on and off the field, and it's pleasing to welcome her back at such an important time with the T20 World Cup just over a month away," national selector Shawn Flegler said, via Cricket.com.au. 

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Jess Jonassen of Team Australia celebrates the wicket of Taniya Bhatia of Team India to win the match and the gold medal with team mates Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy during the Cricket T20 - Gold Medal match between Team Australia and Team India on day ten of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston on August 07, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

"The Indian series allowed us to blood some new talent and it's pleasing to be able to retain Kim and Phoebe for this series.

"Heather Graham, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Grace Harris unfortunately miss out; however, they all remain in contention for selection for the T20 leg of the tour and T20 World Cup.

"Alyssa won't have recovered from her calf injury in time, so that presents an opportunity for Beth to take the gloves in her absence."

The first ODI will commence on January 16 at Allan Border Field.

Australia ODI Squad for Pakistan series:

Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland