Hip problem rules Heather Knight out of Games and Hundred


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Knight was injured in the opening game of Twenty20 in England’s multi-format series against South Africa a few weeks ago and received a pre-Games injection in an attempt to soothe the troubled area .

However, a spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the issue “has not been resolved as expected” and Knight is now facing a long period of inactivity. It was initially thought that England would be able to send a replacement player but this is not the case due to the rules of the Games and they will face a 14-man squad.

However, Knight will continue his recovery in Birmingham with a brief glimpse when England play as Nat Sciver continues to lead the team in his absence.

Knight said last week “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could play a part in contributing to that,” but she missed England’s wins over Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Having already sealed a place in the semi-finals – they will face New Zealand on Thursday to determine who will finish top of Group B – England were hoping Knight would be fit to make the round of 16.

But doubts grew as Sciver said after Tuesday’s 26-point win over the Proteas that Knight was “in the wrong place” and had a scan to determine his availability for the rest of the tournament.

Not only has Knight walked out of the Games where cricket is making its first appearance in 24 years, but a line has also been drawn through her name this season for London Spirit, which she also leads, with women’s competition Hundred starting the next week.

n Charlotte Bardsley of Stourbridge was overjoyed to reach the table tennis main draw at the Commonwealth Games.

The 20-year-old came through group eight of the preliminary round to reach the commercial end of the women’s singles competition on her debut for the England team.

“I feel so happy right now,” she said. “I worked hard for this.

“I’m really proud to have won my group and entered the main draw at my first Commonwealth Games.

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