Lauren Cheatle, Australia's left-arm seamer, has been ruled out of the remainder of the domestic season and the WPL following a medical operation for skin cancer on her neck. Cheatle had the operation on Wednesday. She had previously been treated for skin cancer in 2021. New South Wales has stated that Cheatle will try to return to training at the start of the upcoming pre-season.
She was signed by the Gujarat Giants for this season's WPL, which begins on February 23, but will now miss the tournament as well as the remainder of the WNCL season for New South Wales. She grabbed 3 for 18 in her last match against ACT and has 11 wickets at 15.45 this season.
In the WBBL for the Sydney Sixers, she took 21 wickets at 17.23. The 25-year-old's international career was delayed for four years by injuries, including three shoulder reconstructions, until she was called up to the Australian squad for the December tour of India. She made her Test debut for Australia late last year against India which marked her first international appearance since 2019.
My body’s been through a lot: Lauren Cheatle
Cricket NSW said in a statement said, "Cheatle is aiming to return to training with NSW following the players' scheduled off-season break." Cheatle had said back in November, "My body’s been through a lot and I’ve been through that journey, but I’m super excited to get that call to head over to India. (The) fourth shoulder (reconstruction) was pretty difficult and also the cancer scare. I feel like that came out of nowhere and really readjusted the way I thought about injuries and recovery. That was a really scary point in my career, one I never thought I’d face … it’s one that will never go away."
The Giants, on the other hand, finished last in the five-team competition during the inaugural WPL season and will be looking for a better performance. The Giants will be looking for a replacement to replenish their fast bowling pool for the second season, which begins on February 25 against the defending champions Mumbai Indians.