England glove-butler Sarah Taylor, who has not played any cricket since the World T20 last March, has her sights set on a return to the national team in time for next summer’s World Cup in England.
Taylor admitted last May that she had been suffering for years from anxiety, affecting not just her cricket but all areas of her life; and she announced that she would be taking an extended break from the game in order to prioritise her recovery.
The ECB promised their support at the time, and they have shown continued faith in Taylor now by renewing her contract for a further two years, with coach Mark Robinson expressing his hopes today for her return:
“Sarah is doing really well with her return to cricket plan after taking some time away from the game for health reasons. Her aim has always been to be back playing and available for selection for the World Cup next summer, and we’ll continue to offer her the support she needs to achieve that goal.”
Although Taylor’s road to recovery has not been quick or easy, CRICKETher understands that corners have recently been turned, and just last week she tweeted a smiling selfie announcing that she had “kicked anxietys ass” in a visit to a shopping centre – hopefully more asses will be kicked again soon… ideally those of England’s opponents at the World Cup!