AUSTRALIA captain Meg Lanning is rediscovering a freedom with the bat as she now plays pain-free after successful shoulder surgery.
Lanning went straight in for the surgery after last year's World Cup after she soldiered through the tournament with her shoulder heavily strapped and next to no pain medication meaning she was barely sleeping.
One of the best players in the world, she wasn't even able to throw overarm,
Now Lanning is relishing being able to wield the bat in the middle and play her shots without concern for the injury.
"It's nice to be able to play pretty freely and not have to think about it I guess, that's the key. I can just go and play my shots and I can worry about the ball coming down and that's about it," Lanning said.
"It's nice to be out there pain-free. It's been a long journey to get back, but now we're at a point where it's feeling really nice, so that's good."
Lanning is quickly adjusting back to leading the Australian team after six months out of the side.
Australia is going through the final preparations for the series against India that starts tomorrow, but a couple of practice matches have allowed the whole squad to have some time in the conditions.
Lanning enjoyed a nice stint in the middle on Thursday when she struck 63 off 55 before retiring in the seven-wicket win over India A.
Still ranked the second-best batter in the world despite her time out, Lanning said she is finding her feet and felt physically and mentally ready for the series.
"I wasn't really sure what to expect when I went out there to play for the first time. It did feel a little bit weird," Lanning said.
"I guess the other day (Tuesday), I would have liked to spent a bit more time in the middle but it was good to get that out of the way and under my belt. (Thursday) when I went out there, even though I was pretty scratchy early, it was good to get a couple of shots away and then I was comfortable at the crease again.
"I feel like I got a lot out those and am ready to go come the first ODI."
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