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In-form Haynes hurts elbow on eve of ODI

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In-form opener Rachael Haynes is in doubt for Australia's second ODI against India in Mackay after suffering an elbow injury in the nets.

Haynes, fresh from Tuesday's unbeaten 93 that helped her side secure their 25th straight ODI win, was struck on the arm while batting on Thursday.

The veteran, in obvious discomfort after the painful blow, was sent for scans.

Even if Haynes has avoided serious damage, coach Matthew Mott and medicos may be reluctant to ask her to bat through any form of discomfort given Australia's busy six-month stretch ahead, including an Ashes series and ODI World Cup.

Australia and India square off in one-dayers on Friday and Sunday before switching their attention to the day-night Test, which begins next Thursday at Metricon Stadium.

Beth Mooney, who opens alongside Alyssa Healy in Twenty20s, is the obvious candidate for a promotion up the order if Haynes is unable to take her place in the XI.

Australia boast a remarkably deep batting order, even without Haynes.

Allrounder Sophie Molineux, who has opened for Melbourne Renegades and Victoria, was listed to bat at No.8 in the first ODI.

The squad's bowling depth was already tested by the enforced absence of Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen, the world's two best ODI bowlers according to the International Cricket Council's rankings.

Squad members Tayla Vlaeminck and Nicola Carey were also unavailable for the series opener, although the latter is hopeful of proving her fitness for Friday's ODI.

Molineux, who claimed the key scalp of India captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday, praised fellow spinners Georgia Wareham and Ashleigh Gardner for excelling in Jonassen's absence.

"We certainly missed her but Georgia and Ash stood up really well," Molineux said.

"Georgia bowled really well and Ash was really good as well in different parts.

"It's just a bit of a change and adapting, we might have to bowl a few overs and at different stages of the innings now."

An 18-player squad means Australia have plenty of options to consider should they wish to rejig a young pace attack.

"I think this is the biggest squad I've been a part of," Molineux said.

"A lot of them are young quicks.

"They've been given the reins to rip in, bowl short and try and scare opposition batters which is great."

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