Taylor to miss Women’s World T20 to focus on mental health

By Bradley West

England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will sit out the upcoming Women’s World T20 in the West Indies in order to continue to manage her anxiety.

The 29-year-old, who took a break from the game in 2016, agreed the decision ‘mutually’ with England management with her welfare a high priority for the team.

The tournament, which England go into as reigning 50-over World Champions, begins on November 9.

Coach Mark Robinson said: “Since the end of the summer Sarah hasn’t been able to train fully with the squad due to not being as fit as she would want to be from a psychological point of view.

“At the moment she isn’t in a place where we would all be comfortable that the demanding training, playing and travel schedule wouldn’t potentially put her backwards and make her road to full recovery longer.”

“It’s important we see mental health in a similar way to a player with a physical injury. You wouldn’t risk a player if you felt that playing them with an injury would increase the chances of them being out for a long time or the issue even becoming career-threatening,” said Robinson.

“Sarah will continue to train at Loughborough at a pace more suited to where she is right now with a view to hopefully being fully fit in the New Year,” Robinson added. “All of our players’ health and well-being is the most important thing and we must never lose sight of that in the intense and demanding world of professional sport.”

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