Mumbai: Australia women's team T20 skipper Meg Lanning was on Sunday gagged from taking questions regarding the ball-tampering scandal, involving their men's counterparts, that has rocked the third cricket Test against South Africa in the Rainbow nation.
"Obviously, Meg's here to talk about tomorrow's game. I know a lot is going on elsewhere. So I expect you guys to respect the fact that Meg is in middle of a series and she's not here to talk about that, something that's happening in South Africa. So today is purely cricket related questions," Australian team's media manager Lucy Williams announced at the start of the press briefing.
The Australian men's team got embroiled in a major controversy in South Africa on Saturday after the issue of ball-tampering surfaced in the ongoing third Test match, leading to the standing down of Steve Smith and David Warner as captain and vice-captain for the remaining of the third Test.
The Australian women's team, on the other hand, are currently playing the T20 tri-series, which also involves hosts India and England.
Lanning praised in-form Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, who scored a 40-ball 76-run innings, albeit in a losing cause as England pulled off a record chase and crushed India by seven wickets on Sunday.
"Look, she (Mandhana) is in great form and she is a very good player and once she gets going, it is very difficult to stop (her). It is very important how we bowl to her early (in the innings) and try and make her to take a few more risks than she is taking in the first few games," Lanning said.
Left-handed Mandhana is in prime form as she had also scored 67 against the Aussies in the lung-opener.
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"It's not that the BCCI is not thinking about women's cricket. I only think they need to be more specific in communication about women's cricket," Chopra said.
Steve Smith is gearing up for the Indian Premier League, which is scheduled to be held in the UAE from 19 September to 8 November. He is the captain of the IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals.
David Warner says he may have to reconsider his future as an international cricketer owing to the global COVID-19 restrictions that will require him to travel without family to fulfil stringent quarantine conditions.