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Sarah Taylor Withdraws From Ashes Due to Mental Health Issues

Sarah Taylor Withdraws From Ashes Due to Mental Health Issues

In a major dent to England's campaign, Sarah Taylor has withdrawn from the Twenty20 International leg of the ongoing Women's Ashes series owing to mental health issues.

In a major dent to England's campaign, Sarah Taylor has withdrawn from the Twenty20 International leg of the ongoing Women's Ashes series owing to mental health issues.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced in a statement on Friday (July 26) that Taylor will no longer be part of the Ashes series as she did not feel in a "good enough place" to compete in international sport. Fran Wilson has been named as her replacement.

"I first took a break from the game in 2016 but I don't want people to feel this is exactly the same,” Taylor said. "I've made progress in that time and there are plenty of challenges I've met on the way and hurdles I've overcome."

Taylor has dealt with mental anxiety since 2016 when she took a lengthy sabbatical. More recently she pulled out of the Women's World T20 in the Caribbean in 2018 before returning to full-fledged action earlier this year.

She has worked with ECB to manage her well-being but once again finds herself not in the mindset to take part in three crucial international games.

"That said, mental health is not something you 'beat'. It’s a continual management process and at the moment I don't feel in a good enough place to compete in international sport," Taylor said.

England have already conceded the Ashes and find themselves with an improbable task to level the series which is at 8-2 at the moment.

"I wish the girls all the best across the IT20 series. 8-8 is a very different score from 8-2 and I know they're all working incredibly hard to win these last three matches and draw the series," Taylor said.

The three-match T20I series gets underway on July 26 at the County Ground, in Chelmsford.

first published:July 26, 2019, 20:59 IST