Sarah Taylor takes an ‘indefinite break’ from cricket
England women’s wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has decided to take an indefinite break from cricket. Taylor,who is widely considered to be one of the most talented women’s players in the game, had a disappointing ICC World Twenty20 campaign with England in India as she finished the tournament with only 49 runs at an average of 9.80 in five matches .
An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said: “Sarah is taking a break from cricket at the moment having decided to take some personal time away from the game.”
Taylor has already missed the first three fixtures of Sussex’s domestic season, and the decision also puts in doubt her participation in the Pakistan series and the inaugural Kia Women’s Super League, which gets underway at the end of July.
The ECB still appears optimistic, however, that Taylor may be back for international duty in the series against Pakistan starting next month, as well as this summer’s inaugural Kia Super League.
“We will support her, keep in touch and talk with her prior to selection for the Pakistan series and the start of the Kia Super League,” added the spokesperson.
Taylor’s decision will be a big blow for England in their pursuit of automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup as only a week ago England captain and record run-scorer Charlotte Edwards announced her international retirement after being told coach Mark Robinson wanted to build a new team.
England are currently ranked sixth in the ICC Women’s championship and only the top four teams gain a direct entry to next year’s Women’s World Cup that will be hosted across five venues in England.
This is not the first time Taylor has taken a break from cricket.had taken a similar break six years ago, missing an Ashes tour. She had, however, returned to cricket in four months and went on to become a leading wicketkeeper-batsman in the world.
She was considered as the front-runner to lead England after Charlotte Edwards’ retirement but her decision has effectively ruled her out of becoming the next England captain.
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