Brunt ruled out of women’s World T20 by back in­jury

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Carl Parker in St Lu­cia

In a dev­as­tat­ing blow for Eng­land Women’s World T20 hopes, Kather­ine Brunt will miss the tour­na­ment with a back in­jury af­ter break­ing down in the side’s fi­nal warm-up fix­ture.

Bowl­ing off a mod­i­fied run-up in an at­tempt to prove her fit­ness ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion opener to­mor­row against Sri Lanka, Brunt was un­able to con­tinue af­ter just five de­liv­er­ies and was in ob­vi­ous and se­ri­ous pain when the team ar­rived here yes­ter­day.

Scans are ex­pected to con­firm that the 33-year-old all-rounder’s trou­ble­some back – op­er­ated on twice be­fore dur­ing her il­lus­tri­ous 15-year in­ter­na­tional ca­reer be­fore flar­ing up again dur­ing last win­ter’s Women’s Big Bash League – will scup­per her chances of a fourth ICC tro­phy.

Fran Wil­son, the Mid­dle­sex bats­man, is the front-run­ner to be called up to the squad.

Head coach Mark Robin­son said: “You can’t re­place Kather­ine. We haven’t got a gen­uine all-rounder who can do that role, so we’re go­ing to have to pick ei­ther a bowler or we have to pick a bat­ter.”

Brunt joins wick­et­keeper Sarah Tay­lor on the side­lines. Tay­lor did not make the trip as she un­der­goes treat­ment for anx­i­ety.

“Two of the play­ers that bat­ted in our top five in the sum­mer are out,” Robin­son said. “We’ve pre­pared for that as well. [It is] some­thing we have to take on the chin and back the other play­ers.”

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