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Australia’s Ashes captain Rachael Haynes: ‘I’m well-prepared as a leader’

There is a sense that all of the new captain’s cricket experiences have been building up to leading Australia in an Ashes series

Last month, a number flashed up on Rachael Haynes’ phone. It was Pat Howard, Australia’s high performance manager. Haynes was being handed one of the most onerous tasks in all of sport: replacing Meg Lanning as Australia’s captain. “It was a pretty awesome moment,” Haynes recalls. “It was great to be able to call my family.”

The announcement was both surprising and expected. Surprising, because Haynes was not a regular in Australia’s side, and so seemed to violate one basic dictum of Australian cricket: pick the best 11 players, and only then pick the captain. And expected, because Haynes had deputised for Lanning as captain impressively during two World Cup victories in July.

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