Australia’s selectors are preparing for life after Meg Lanning before India – LSB

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Australia coach Shelley Nitschke admitted the changing of the guard had affected her faster than expected, as officials delayed a decision on Meg Lanning’s full-time successor.

The selectors will announce the squad for next month’s multi-format tour of India on Tuesday, less than a week after Lanning called for his shock retirement.

A captain is unlikely to be named until closer to Australia’s departure date on December 13, with a decision still needing to be made and approved by Cricket Australia’s governing body.

Tahlia McGrath is another potential option if officials prefer a long-term replacement, given the 28-year-old has served as Healy’s deputy in recent rounds.

“There are quite a few things to evaluate about this,” Nitschke told AAP. “It’s just a matter of going through the process.

“Sit down with the selectors and the people who make those decisions and figure out what is the best thing moving forward.”

Nitschke knew when she took over as coach last year that she would be overseeing a major period of transition on the victorious women’s team.

But that time has come after Lanning and her former deputy Rachel Haines retired within 14 months after a five-year spell of Australian dominance.

“We always knew the transition was coming, but it may not have been what we expected,” Nitschke said. “We knew Rush would probably come at some point.

“But I probably didn’t expect to be at this point and have Meg retire. We’ll definitely miss her. Even though she hasn’t been on set for a little while now. I always thought she’d come back.” “We will miss her presence, her leadership and all the rest of it.”

Australia’s first mission in the post-Lanning era is a difficult one in India. The team wants to change its mentality in the three T20Is and ODIs with a more attacking approach, while the December 21 Test will be Australia’s first in the country since 1984.

Lanning’s recent absences have allowed Phoebe Litchfield to move up the order, and it is unlikely that there will be any collective changes from the team that drew the Ashes series in July.

The fact that Australia regularly play with three players, including Ashley Gardner, means Nitschke believes the team always looks like one that suits the Indian conditions.

But the biggest challenge will come in the outdoor conditions with the bat in the Test match, especially with Lanning out. Australia will be closely monitoring England’s Test in Mumbai against India next month, and Nitschke is hopeful a warm-up match can be staged.

“If the rotation starts, especially in the second round, it could create some conditions that we haven’t had in a while,” Nichesky said. “This is something that most players have never experienced before. We will have to talk about it and adapt to it very quickly.”

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