Ellyse Perry has been rendered unavailable for the rest of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup owing to a hamstring injury.
The top-ranked all-rounder in women's ODIs and T20Is sustained the injury niggle during Australia's group thrilling group stage clash against New Zealand. Perry was fielding at mid-off when she limped off to the dressing room after gathering the ball.
Australia's medical staff has advised her rest for a "significant period of time", which means she is most likely to miss the subsequent series against South Africa following the World Cup.
"Ellyse sustained a high-grade right hamstring injury that is expected to keep her out of the game for a significant period of time. We are currently exploring management options," team doctor Pip Inge said in a statement.
Australia have not named a replacement for her, though she will continue to accompany the 15-member squad.
Head coach Matthew Mott is confident his team possesses the depth to prevail in the knockout stages of the competition.
"Ellyse is a key member of our squad and has been for a long period of time and on a personal level we're disappointed that she won't have the opportunity to finish the tournament," Mott said.
"She gives her absolute all every time she takes to the field for her country and that was evident again against New Zealand in the selfless manner in which she threw herself into her batting, bowling and fielding performances.
"We’re confident that we have enough depth in the squad to cover her batting and bowling and know whoever gets an opportunity will make a strong contribution."
This is Australia's second run-in with injury woes in the tournament since speedster Tayla Vlaeminck was ruled out before the first match of their campaign.