Rachael Haynes, the Australia vice-captain, recently had a hamstring injury that prevented her from participating in the Test against India and caused her to leave the series in Queensland early. But, she received a silver lining amidst the disappointment as she welcomed her first child with her partner, Leah Poulton. Their baby, Hugo Poulton-Haynes, was born on Friday, and both mother and baby are reported to be doing well.

Haynes had returned to Sydney after the hamstring injury, which occurred while fielding during the third ODI. Although she was devastated by the news of missing the Test, her timing turned out to be impeccable as Poulton was due to give birth midway through the month.

Rachael Haynes Partner

The injury prevented Haynes from opening the batting alongside Alyssa Healy in the pink-ball Test, which she would have done if not for the circumstances. Nonetheless, she and her partner are overjoyed by the arrival of their child.

Rachael Haynes is the second member of the Australian women’s team to become a mother recently. In August, Megan Schutt’s wife Jess gave birth to Rylee, who arrived prematurely at 28 weeks. Schutt is currently taking time off from the ongoing series against India to be with her family and share updates on Rylee’s progress.

The hamstring injury ruled Haynes out of the one-off Test on the Gold Coast, and it may also impact her availability for the upcoming Weber WBBL. However, she had already been planning to go on maternity leave for at least the early part of the season.

Both Haynes and Schutt are expected to return for the CommBank Ashes in January and the ODI World Cup that follows. With the support of their teammates, they will surely have plenty of babysitters and aunties to help them balance motherhood and cricket.

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