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.”
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.
“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.”