Jess Jonassen was excited to have captain Meg Lanning back in the squad. At one stage long-time teammate Meg Lanning feared she might not return to cricket.
Captain Meg Lanning returns to the Australian team:-
Jess Jonassen says she was in tears when she found out about long-time teammate and captain Meg Lanning’s return to the Australian team, courtesy of a “funny” video message.
Monday’s first ODI against Pakistan will mark the first time since Australia’s Commonwealth Games triumph last July, with Lanning returning from a personal holiday taken after the win in Birmingham.
The left-hander says she initially feared Lanning’s video announcement to the team in December was going down a gloomy path, but was “pumped” to learn it was quite the opposite.
She had seen the last of Lanning in Australian colors:-
“She started saying ‘I’m not sure this is the right way to do it’, and my heart sank initially because I was like, ‘Oh no, she’ll tell us she’s done’,” Jonassen said.
Jonassen said that he and other team-mates were concerned that they had seen the last of Lanning in Australian colours, but expressed happiness that she “looked really happy” on her return to the team.
“That was probably the biggest thing for me, seeing the difference in her as a person, more than knowing that she is coming back and playing cricket,” she said.
Australia vs Pakistan ODI squad:-
Australia ODI squad: 1. Meg Lanning (c), 2. Tahlia McGrath (VC), 3. D’Arcy Brown, 4. Nicola Carey, 5. Ashleigh Gardner, 6. Kim Garth, 7. Jess Jonassen, 8. Alana King, 9. Phoebe Litchfield, 10. Beth Mooney, 11. Ellyse Perry, 12. Megan Schutt, 13. Annabel Sutherland.
Pakistan ODI squad: 1. Bismah Maroof (c), 2. Aliya Riaz, 3. Ayesha Naseem, 4. Diana Baig, 5. Fatima Sana, 6. Ghulam Fatima, 7. Kayanat Imtiaz, 8. Muneeba Ali, 9. Nashra Sandhu, 10. Nida Dar, 11. Omima Sohail, 12. Sadaf Shamas, 13. Sadia Iqbal, 14. Sidra Amin, 15. Sidra Nawaz.