England’s women team has received a big blow ahead of the women’s world T20 as their strike pace bowler Katherine Brunt has been ruled out of the ICC event due to an injury. The right-arm pacer was an essential cog of England’s pace department and her absence would hamper England’s bowling strength.
The 33-year-old was injured in the warm-up game against India and hasn’t recovered yet. In fact, her injury is so severe that she has been ruled out of the entire tournament.
The pacer has aggravated her back injury which she picked up while playing in the Big Bash League in Australia last year. She did recover from that injury but was once again injured for the same reason in September just ahead of the selection for the world T20.
Considering her experience and skills, the selectors still included her in the team with a hope that she would recover in the course of the tournament. But Brunt’s struggles were evident in the warm-up game against India as she failed to complete her only over that too with a shortened run-up.
The latest scans of her back reveal another flare-up of the back injury which means she won’t be able to participate in the remaining tournament.
The injury to Brunt has made things difficult for the English team. The 33-year-old’s experience is difficult to replace but it is also a daunting task to replace her skills.
Along with her pace bowling, Brunt also played a vital role in the middle-order with the bat and England might find it tough to find a player to performs both roles.
The England team management has roped in Fran Wilson as Brunt’s replacement. She has featured in 14 T20Is and was part of England’s world cup winning 50-over ODI squad.