Vlaeminck return a pace boost for Aussies
India's batters have been warned to prepare for a pace barrage when the multi-format series against Australia switches to Twenty20 mode later this week.
Having missed the three one-day internationals in Mackay and last week's rain-marred Test on the Gold Coast, quick Tayla Vlaeminck is poised to return from a foot injury for the three T20Is at Metricon Stadium.
Based on what she's experienced in the nets, allrounder Ashleigh Gardner is glad she won't be facing the 22-year-old quick when she makes her return to the international scene.
"She's someone that we love having in our arsenal. She steams in whenever in the game and it's just exciting to have her back in the set-up and fit and raring to go," Gardner said.
"I know she's been terrorising all our batters in the nets and people haven't really enjoyed facing her.
"Just knowing the impact she can have against this Indian side is really exciting.
"To potentially have Darcie Brown and Taylor Valemick bowling from both ends is a pretty awesome sight."
With both teams picking up two points from the drawn Test on Sunday, Australia hold a 6-4 lead in the series going into the shortest format matches.
India have the momentum after ending Australia's long ODI winning streak before a solid effort with bat and ball in the sole Test.
With veteran Rachel Haynes out with a hamstring, just who will replace her in Australia's batting line-up is uncertain.
Queensland's Georgia Redmayne is a contender, in what would be her first national team appearance.
Gardner said the 27-year-old would offer an extra dimension to established top-order options such as Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and herself.
"Georgia's obviously earnt her spot to come into this Australian side. She's had some really good Big Bashes," Gardner said.
"She also accesses a lot of different areas to a lot of the other top four which obviously like to go down the ground, where she accesses behind the wicket a lot.
"Completely different to what myself, Midge (Healy), Moons do.
"It'll be interesting to see if she does get the nod for the Twenty20s."
The series continues with the first T20I on Thursday.