Tash Farrant ruled out for season with back stress fracture
Left-armer Farrant felt a little uneasy after playing for South East Stars in the Charlotte Edwards Cup earlier this month and scans revealed the rift.
She is expected to be sidelined for six months and may return to regional cricket as a batter a little earlier if her recovery goes according to plan, but she will miss the England women’s home run against South Africa and India, as well as defending Oval Invincibles from their team. One hundred title women.
“England and South East Stars bowler Tash Farrant has suffered a stress fracture to his lumbar spine,” the ECB said in a statement. “The England and South East Stars medical teams will work together on her rehabilitation.”
It’s a brutal setback for Farrant, who recently returned to the England squad after nearly three years on the outside. She regained her central contract for the 2022 season, having lost her deal in early 2019. After impressive domestic performances in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020, she was selected for the English tour of New Zealand in early 2021.
She was part of the England Test, ODI and T20I squads for the multi-format series with India in June and July without playing a match, returning to international action for England white-ball later in the summer series featuring New Zealand.
Farrant was part of the England women’s squad that reached the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in April, although she played no games during that tournament.
Her most recent appearance for England was against Australia in the third ODI in Melbourne, her only game in the Ashes series, when she scored 7, then went wicketless and gave up 44 runs from 6.2 overs. She last played T20Is when New Zealand toured England in September 2021.
In early May, she was part of the Sapphires side at the FairBreak Invitational Tournament in Dubai, shortly before joining South East Stars for the Charlotte Edwards Cup.