Women's World Cup: Heather Graham to replace Ash Gardner in Australia squad

Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner is set to miss the opening two matches of Australia's Women's World Cup campaign in New Zealand after testing positive for COVID-19.

Australia all-rounder Heather Graham will come in as a temporary replacement for Ashleigh Gardner.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Australia all-rounder Heather Graham has been approved by ICC as the replacement for Ashleigh Gardner who was ruled out of its opening fixture after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 24-year-old missed Saturday's game against defending champion England and will also be out of a  meeting with Pakistan on Tuesday after being forced to isolate for 10 days, in line with New Zealand health protocols.

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Gardner is due to be released from isolation on March 13, when the Australians are scheduled to meet the host in its third group game.

Heather, who will be a temporary replacement, has played a solitary ODI for Australia against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in October 2019.

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