Sarah Taylor says joining the Sussex coaching team has left her hungry to return to play 18 months after her retirement, as the former wicket-keeping star admits she had to ‘clear her head’ to deal with anxiety issues.
- Sarah Taylor admitted that the thought of playing cricket was sometimes painful
- She called it up a day 18 months ago after suffering from ongoing anxiety disorders
- Taylor says working as a coach at Sussex has allowed her to ‘clear her mind’
Crossing the gender gap as a full-time coach at Sussex, Sarah Taylor’s mood is such that she is considering playing back.
It has been 18 months since the greatest wicket-keeper who has ever seen the women’s match retired. After the long-term anxiety problems increased, she had no intention of returning to the sport in any capacity.
“ I knew I had to get rid of it, that I had to clear my mind about the game because I had so many negative feelings about it, the thought of playing again was painful, but I’m in a good place at the moment, ” says Taylor, 31.
Sarah Taylor has refused to return to cricket despite retiring 18 months ago
“There are times when I think ‘yes I could do this’ and then others when I walk up my stairs and think ‘ooh, my knee hurts.’ It changes from day to day, but I certainly haven’t ruled it out. I’m still young and I always thought I’d stop playing at 37 if I’m really honest.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I’ll be going to England any time soon, that’s not in the pipeline, but you never know in your own country.
‘I don’t rule that out at all. If I was offered something, I would definitely think about it. I’d love to be part of The Hundred. I think it will be a great tournament. ‘
Taylor admits that a coaching job in Sussex has helped her ‘clear her mind’ amid anxiety issues
Taylor works one day a week at Hove where she combines wicket-keeping sessions with Sussex captain Ben Brown and England team player Phil Salt with her job as a sports development and life skills coach at Bede’s school, although her role as the first woman in the coaching of a county staff will expand when the season begins on April 8.
‘I didn’t feel like it was out of the ordinary when it was announced, but I sat down after work the other day and thought this was pretty cool.
“I hope there is inspiration for others and I am not the last woman to do something like this in this country,” she says. “I want the players to have a good time getting better and have exactly the same expectations of me as a male coach.”