Tash Farrant ruled out for the Season with a back Stress Fracture


Tash farrant ruled out for the Summer Season with a back Stress Fracture

England Women’s team seam bowler, Tash Farrant has been ruled out for the season with a stress fracture in her back. Left-arm seamer Farrant felt some discomfort after playing for southeast Stars in the Charlotte Edwards Cup earlier this month & further scans revealed a fracture in her back.

She is expected to be sidelined for almost six months, & will possibly return to regional cricket slightly earlier as a batter if her recovery goes according to the plan, but she will miss England Women’s home series against South Africa and India, as well as Oval Invincibles’ defense of their women’s Hundred title.

“England and South East Stars bowler Tash Farrant has suffered a lumbar spine stress fracture,” the ECB said in a statement.

“The medical teams at England and South East Stars will work together on her rehabilitation.” Farrant was one of a handful of young seamers hoping to stake a claim for an extended stint in the England team after Anya Shrubsole’s retirement from international cricket following the World Cup in New Zealand, but her injury is likely to see Freya Davies get the first crack at the vacancy.

The injury is a cruel setback for Farrant who recently made a comeback to the England squad after sitting out for nearly three years. She regained her central Contract for the 2022 season after losing the deal in early 2019. Following impressive domestic performances in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020, she was selected for England’s tour of New Zealand at the start of 2021.

Having played two ODIs & one-off T20I on the tour of New Zealand, Farrant was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural edition of the women’s Hundred Competition in 2021 by scalping 18 wikcets at an average of 10.27. She was instrumental in helping Oval Invincibles secure a place in the final with her 4 for 10 from 19 balls in the eliminator against Birmingham Phoenix.

She was also a part of England’s Test, ODI, and T20I squads for the multi-format series with India last June and July. However, she didn’t feature in even a single match for England & returned to international action for England’s white-ball series with New Zealand later in the summer. She was also a part of England’s World Cup Squad.

Her most recent appearance for England was against Australia in the third ODI in Melbourne, her only match of the Ashes series, when she scored 7 then went wicketless and conceded 44 runs from 6.2 overs. She last played T20Is when New Zealand toured England in September 2021.

In early May, she was a part of the Sapphires side at the FairBreak Invitational Tournament in Dubai shortly before linking up with South East Stars for the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

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