Alice Capsey suffers broken collarbone in fielding accident

England Women suffered a major injury at the start of their tour of the Caribbean, with Alice Capsey suffering a broken collarbone after landing heavily in the field during the first ODI in Antigua on Sunday.

Capsey, 18, was promoted to open the bat for the first time, making 17 off 13 balls, but will fly home from the UK and is now a serious doubt for the rest of England’s winter activities, including the T20 World Cup in February in South Africa.

“Alice Capsey suffered an on-field injury during the first ODI against West Indies Women,” read a statement from the ECB. “Upon further investigation, she has broken her left collarbone and will be unavailable for the remainder of the tour. Capsey will now return home to the UK.”

The injury occurred when Capsey dived with a good leg to intercept a hook with the top edge during England’s 142-run victory in the first ODI. She was clearly in pain as she remained on the ground for several minutes to receive treatment, but was eventually able to walk off the field before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

It is a major setback, both for Capsey personally, but also for England, who had hoped to land her in her new top role, alongside Sophia Dunkley, as part of a new, more attacking outlook under new head coach Jon Lewis.

Capsey was awarded her first central contract with the ECB in November and had just returned from her first stint with the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash.

Nat Sciver, the senior all-rounder who made her comeback from a three-month mental health hiatus to be named Player of the Match for her decisive innings of 90 off 96 balls, said she and the team were “gutted” by Capsey.

“When someone goes on the field you don’t really know what happened and it’s weird to be on the field as a group and feel sorry for your teammate, feel sorry for your friend,” Sciver said.

“We found out this morning that she is going home so I feel very sorry for her. She will be back, she will shoot again I am sure.

“It’s a broken collarbone and I don’t know how long that means the recovery time is. She will be as discouraged as anyone to miss this trip and I don’t know what that means for the new year.”

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