Sarah Taylor says her joining the Sussex coaching team has left her hungry to get back to playing

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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

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 admits that a coaching job in Sussex has helped her 'clear her mind' amid anxiety issues

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.”

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