Former England goalkeeper Sarah Taylor is due to return to professional cricket in the Hundreds after putting her career on hold due to anxiety issues. Taylor, who will play for the Welsh Fire, took up coaching duties after announcing his international retirement in September 2019. The 100-ball tag team franchise tournament was supposed to have kicked off last year but was delayed by the pandemic coronavirus.
The eight franchises will feature men’s and women’s teams, with the two competitions taking place side by side.
“Coaching is the future for me, but a little bit of testing the waters – am I good enough, do I still have what it takes? I don’t really feel like I have much to lose in playing, I just enjoyed myself, ”Taylor said.
“I could have the worst tournament in the world, but I know I will probably love every minute. Having my full time job now is my pitch, my feet are firmly on the pitch. I can now enjoy my cricket. . “
Taylor, who has won two World Cups with England, is uncertain whether she will wear the goalkeeper gloves at Welsh Fire, which also has Australian Beth Mooney in its ranks.
The 31-year-old is relishing the opportunity to return to the game and said working alongside Australian captain Meg Lanning is an added bonus.
“The chance to be there in the Hundred’s first year is kind of a no-brainer, really,” Taylor said.
“A draw for me was playing with Meg Lanning, it’s always something I’ve wanted to do for several years. I’m tired of looking for balls for him rather than being on the non-attacking side.
“I can’t wait to work with Beth Mooney, she’s a great player. If I do a run on the pitch, I’m not going to complain because I like it. I’m really looking forward to it. . ” “
The Hundred aims to attract a new audience to cricket in order to safeguard its future, but critics have questioned the need for another new format in a busy schedule.
The competition will kick off with a women’s match as Oval Invincibles host Manchester Originals on July 21, with men’s teams playing the next day.
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