Rebecca Grundy ruled out of England women’s summer internationals through injury
Injury has forced Warwickshire’s Rebecca Grundy out of the England women’s squad to play against India and South Africa this summer. The left-arm spinner has sustained a femoral stress reaction in her left groin.
Grundy will now begin a rehabilitation programme and has been ruled out of all forms of cricket for the rest of the season.
Nineteen year old off-spinner Stephanie Butler from Staffordshire will replace Grundy in the squad that will take on India in the Kia Women’s Test match, which starts at Wormsley Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Nottinghamshire’s right-arm medium pace bowler Sonia Odedra will subsequently remain with the England women’s squad for the three-match Royal London One-Day International series against India, having originally only been named in the Test squad.
All-rounder Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire) has been recalled to the Twenty20 International squad to face South Africa in the three NatWest T20Is in September.
Speaking about Grundy’s injury status and her replacements in the squad, Head of England Women’s Performance, Paul Shaw, said: “This is very disappointing news for Becky and it is clearly unfortunate to lose her from the squad before our summer internationals against India and South Africa have even got underway. She will now undergo the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible.
“We are in a very strong position to be able call-up three very talented players to replace Becky across seven matches that we have this summer.
“Young Stephanie Butler from Staffordshire has been included in an England women’s squad for the first time, after enjoying a good season with the ball in county cricket and also impressing with her performances for the England Women’s Academy in Sri Lanka over the winter. I’m sure she will learn a lot from the experience.