Legendary England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor has decided to come out of retirement to participate in the much-awaited ‘The Hundred’, where each team will be given hundred deliveries to play. Taylor, arguably the greatest wicket-keeper batsman to grace the cricket field, retired from the game in September 2019 following a long battle with anxiety.
However, the 31-year-old has decided to come out of her retirement as according to her, the temptation to participate in a tournament such as ‘The Hundred is impossible to resist. The veteran will be playing for Welsh Fire, alongside Meg Lanning, Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney.
“There has been a real buzz about The Hundred, and especially the women’s competition,” Cricbuzz quoted Taylor as saying.
“We’ve got the best players from around the world involved and the temptation to be part of it was too great to resist. I’m so excited at the prospect of playing again. It’ll be really special to get back out there and be part of a Welsh Fire side that hopefully can have a great first season.”
Taylor further revealed that her stint with Sussex, where she joined as a coaching staff, made her believe that she could return to the cricket field once again.
“I just needed to shut the door on cricket, just disappear for a little bit in my own little bubble and work out a few things,” Taylor said.
“I was fortunate to join up with the Sussex guys just to learn a lot about me as a coach, about how I operated in a group in that team environment and it just felt really normal again, which is what I was hiding from a little bit.
“It opened my eyes to the fact that I wanted to be part of a team again but I didn’t know to what extent. It was then a case of having that hit and I felt absolutely fine. I wasn’t scared of the idea of playing, whereas before I was.”
The English veteran further expressed her excitement to play alongside the likes of Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning.
“A draw for me was also playing with [Australia captain] Meg Lanning, that’s always something that I’ve wanted to do for quite a few years. I’m fed up of fetching her balls rather than being at the non-striker’s end, so that will be nice.