Taylor to miss rest of Big Bash

Taylor to miss rest of Big Bash

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Stafanie Taylor will not take part in the remainder of the Women’s Big Bash League after she picked up a knee injury during the WI vs India series this month.

Taylor picked up a ligament sprain during the final ODI on November 9, and a prolonged recovery period (previously expected to take two weeks) means she will not be able to return to the WBBL in time for the Strikers’ last two group games next weekend.

England’s Lauren Winfield who was Taylor’s temporary replacement, will stay on with the Strikers.

“We are of course disappointed that Stafanie is unable to return, but unfortunately these things happen in sport,” said Strikers coach Luke Williams.

“We’re really grateful however, that Lauren has been able to stay on longer as she’s just been fantastic around the group and brings a lot, on and off the field.

“We need to just now concentrate on our final few games and cementing our place in the top four.”

Taylor was crucial for the Sydney Thunder over the past four WBBL series, however, the Strikers have benefitted from the classy all-rounder in just two games this year before she had to fly home for international duty.

The all-rounder will now take the time to rest and recuperate ahead of the Courts Women’s T20 GrandSlam Franchise Tournament carded to take place between December 3-13 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The move is also no doubt a strategic one by Cricket West Indies as they try to ensure all their players are healthy ahead of the 2020 ICC Women’s World T20 in Australia. The team has recently been plagued with a number of high profile injuries which include their hard hitting all-rounder, Deandra Dottin, opening seamers, Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell, as well as others who have since recovered. CWI will be hoping that their players remain fit, particularly given their recent poor showing without the above mentioned players and particularly Taylor.