Sarah Taylor included in England's World Cup squad
Sarah Taylor has been named in England's World Cup squad following her break from the game to tackle anxiety
Sarah Taylor has been named in England's World Cup squad following her break from the game to tackle anxiety.
Taylor announced her indefinite leave last May to undergo Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to address a debilitating condition that had, at times, led to her leaving the field of play to be sick.
She returned to the England fold in April when she joined the pre-season training camp in Abu Dhabi and scored an unbeaten 26 against Ireland, her first England outing since the World T20 last March. Last week Taylor scored 61 in the Royal London Cup.
Both Taylor and captain Heather Knight, who is recovering from a stress fracture in her left foot, are included in the 15-strong squad subject to final fitness assessments.
Knight remains confident of being fit to lead the team in their opening match against India, at Derby, on June 24.
"It's been frustrating to have my preparations disrupted by injury but I've been confronted with more serious injuries in the past so I know the importance of disciplined rehab," she said. "I will be committing every moment to that rehab between now and the World Cup getting underway."
"It's such a dream to captain England in a World Cup on home soil; it's not something that many cricketers can say they've done and it's a real honour. There's so much potential in this group of players and the opportunity ahead of us is really exciting
"I'm very proud of all the girls in this squad, as cricketers and people. We're a young group but we've made massive strides over the past 12 months and everyone has worked so hard. We know it's going to be a tough tournament - and we won't go in as favourites - but backed by home support we'll do our best to challenge for the trophy."
Mark Robinson, the England coach, said: "We are hugely excited about the potential of this squad. There will be no better and greater stage than a home World Cup for our players to showcase what they are about and we are really excited about what this group of girls could potentially achieve.
"The return to the squad of Sarah Taylor shows how far she's come and we are hopeful both her and Heather Knight will be able to play a full part in the tournament."
Five of the squad - Alex Hartley, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson and Lauren Winfield - will be playing in their first 50-over World Cup, while the bowling attack will be led by the experienced pair of Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole.
Since Knight took over the captaincy last year from Charlotte Edwards, England have won their three one-day series against Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka losing just two of the 12 matches.
Squad Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt