There comes a major blow for England Women’s team as their swashbuckling all-rounder, Freya Kemp has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup after being diagnosed with a stress fracture. The nature of the injury was known after Kemp field back home early from England’s tour of the West Indies.
Kemp made her international debut this summer & soon grabbed the eyeballs by becoming the youngest England player to score a half-century in the T20I format. She was also named Women’s Young Player of the year by both the PCA & the Cricket Writer’s Club in 2022. She was handed her maiden Central contract by the ECB on the back of her blistering performances. Though ECB hasn’t specified the time frame for her recovery but its clear that she will not feature in the T20 World Cup beginning in February 2023 in South Africa.
“After receiving further exploratory scans in the UK, it has been confirmed that England Women and Southern Vipers all-rounder Freya Kemp has sustained a stress fracture in her back,” the ECB said.
Freya Kemp hasn’t featured in England’s series against West Indies
Further ECB confirmed that the time needed for Kemp’s recovery hasn’t been determined yet but it’s fixed that she will not be available for the Women’s T20 World Cup in February 2023. Kemp will begin her rehabilitation in collaboration with the England Women & Southern Vipers medical teams.
Kemp didn’t feature in any of England’s ODI’s against West Indies before her departure as she was suffering from severe back pain right from the beginning of the England Women’s tour. She returned back to England early along with Alice Capse after she suffered a broken collarbone during a fielding accident in the opening ODI fixture.
Kemp has played 2 ODI’s & 9 T20Is for England amassing 17 runs & scalping three wickets in the ODI format. Whereas in 9 T20Is she has played she managed to return with scores of 52 runs in two innings. She also has eight wickets in her kitty in the T20I format.