Cricket fans were met with disappointing news as England spinner Sophie Ecclestone is set to miss the upcoming Big Bash League in Australia after suffering a dislocated shoulder. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the unfortunate injury, which occurred during the warm-up for the final match of The Hundred, where Ecclestone was representing the Manchester Originals. As she recovers from the setback, Ecclestone’s absence creates a void in both domestic and international cricket.
ECB Confirms Sophie Ecclestone’s Unavailability
The unforeseen incident took place during the warm-up session ahead of the Manchester Originals’ final match in The Hundred tournament. Ecclestone, aged 24, sustained a dislocated shoulder, prompting immediate medical attention and her subsequent transfer to the hospital. The untimely injury has necessitated her withdrawal from participating in the Women’s Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.
Following detailed scans and assessment, the ECB officially announced that Ecclestone will be unavailable to partake in the Women’s Big Bash League, causing disappointment among cricket enthusiasts who were eagerly anticipating her participation. The news comes as a blow to her fans and cricketing enthusiasts worldwide, given Ecclestone’s reputation as the top-ranked bowler in one-day and T20 internationals.
Already Rested for Upcoming Games
Prior to her injury, Ecclestone had been granted a period of rest by the ECB, resulting in her absence from England’s forthcoming T20 and ODI fixtures against Sri Lanka, scheduled to commence on 31 August. Her absence in these crucial encounters was intended to provide her with time to recuperate and prepare for future challenges.
Ecclestone’s impact on the cricketing world has been noteworthy. Having played a pivotal role in the recent Ashes series against Australia, she captured ten wickets in the Ashes Test and another ten across the white-ball series. Her exceptional performances also extended to her role as captain for the Manchester Originals in The Hundred, where she secured seven wickets.
The Women’s Big Bash League, set to commence on 19 October, will experience a void without the presence of the renowned spinner. The draft for the league is scheduled for 3 September. While Ecclestone’s absence is a disappointment, fans remain eager to witness an array of talented players in action during the league.