Australian female captain Meg Lanning was absent from the Ashes tour for the summer due to medical reasons.

Lanning, 31, who returned to cricket in January after a six-month mental health break, was “withdrawn from the squad due to a medical issue requiring home management”, Cricket Australia said in a statement.

Shawn Flegler, head of women’s cricket performance at Cricket Australia, said: “An unfortunate setback for Meg and clearly disappointed to have been left out of the Ashes; It’s an important drama for the team and will be missed, but she understands that she must put her health first.

“Meg will stay at home where she will continue to work with the medical team with the goal of returning to football as soon as possible.

“At this time, we ask that Meg’s privacy be respected.”

Wicketkeeper-hitter Alyssa Healy will captain the team throughout the matches against the Ashes. England with the versatile Tahlia McGrath as vice-captain.

Lanning, who captained Australia to win the Twenty20 World Cup in March, will not be replaced on the roster with Australian A players touring England at the same time and will be available if needed.

The multi-format Ashes series begins with a one-off Test. Nottingham With three T20s and three ODIS from June 22.