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Tash Farrant to undergo surgery after recurrence of back stress fracture

England left-armer faces another spell on sidelines following further back discomfort

Tash Farrant prepares to throw the ball in while fielding, South East Stars vs Central Sparks, Guildford, Charlotte Edwards Cup, May 18, 2022

Tash Farrant has suffered a recurrence of the back injury that ruled her out of the 2022 season  •  Getty Images for Surrey CCC

Tash Farrant, England's left-arm seamer, is to undergo surgery after suffering a recurrence of the lumbar spine stress fracture that ruled her out of the entire 2022 season.
Farrant, 27, undertook an extensive rehab programme following the initial injury last May and returned to domestic action in April. However, she has played predominantly as a batter for South East Stars during this period, and will now miss the remainder of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, as well as her stint with Oval Invincibles in the Hundred.
"Following surgery, she will begin rehabilitation working together with the England and South East Stars medical teams," the ECB said in a statement.
The setback is a cruel misfortune for Farrant, whose last appearance for England was a one-off ODI during the Women's Ashes in Melbourne in February 2022. She was subsequently an unused squad member during the Women's World Cup later that winter, in which England lost to Australia in the final.