Heather Knight banned from Commonwealth Games and Women’s The Hundred 2022

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Due to a hip injury, England captain Heather Knight will miss both the rest of the Commonwealth Games and the Hundred.

Knight suffered the injury during the opening T20I of the bilateral series against South Africa in Chelmsford on July 21, and has so far not competed in either of the two English games at the Commonwealth Games.

The England team stated on Wednesday that Knight would continue to receive treatment because the injury would not heal as planned.

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Heather Knight. Image- cricket365.com

No substitute player can be named under Commonwealth Games rules

As no replacement players can be called up to the Commonwealth Games, Nat Sciver will remain the England captain, leaving the host nation with a 14-person squad for the remaining matches. Knight will stay with the team in Birmingham. “She’s not in a good place. She is better than the last few days, she still has some pain in her hip. It’s probably going to be a little quick to play against New Zealand. She went to our team doctor and had another scan, said stand-in skipper Sciver.

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Nat Sciver scored another fighting century against Australia, Australia vs England, 2022 Women's World Cup Final, Christchurch, April 3, 2022 © ICC via Getty Images
Nat Sciver. (Photo: Getty Images)

In Knight’s absence, England have so far won both group matches, with 17-year-old Alice Capsey excelling at number 3, Sciver at number 4 and Amy Jones at number 5.

The winner of Group B will be determined on Thursday based on the result of England’s last group match against New Zealand. England have already secured a spot in the semi-finals at Edgbaston.

Australia, who defeated Pakistan by 44 runs in their final group stage match on Wednesday, will face the second-placed team in Group B. The winner of Wednesday night’s game between India and Barbados will face the Group B leaders in the semi-final. Saturday’s finals.

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