Rebecca Grundy Ruled Out With Groin Injury
England and Warwickshire left-arm spinner Rebecca Grundy has suffered a groin injury and has been ruled out of England's summer series against India and South Africa.
Grundy, who has played six Twenty20 Internationals for her country, was named in squads to play India in a one-off Test and three One-Day Internationals as well as the Twenty20 International squad to play South Africa.
She will now be replaced in the Test squad by Staffordshire's 19-year-old off-spinner Stephanie Butler, the ODI squad by Nottinghamshire's medium pacer Sonia Odedra and in the Twenty20 International squad by all-rounder Danielle Wyatt, also of Nottinghamshire.
The specific injury suffered by Grundy is a femoral stress reaction in her left groin which has ruled her out of the remainder of the season.
She will now begin a rehabilitation programme and the blow, coming just three days before the Wormsley Test against India, is a big one for both the player, and her team.
"This is very disappointing news for Becky and it is clearly unfortunate to lose her from the squad before our summer internationals against India and South Africa have even got underway," Head of England Women's Performance, Paul Shaw, said.
"She will now undergo the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible.
"We are in a very strong position to be able call-up three very talented players to replace Becky across seven matches that we have this summer.
"Young Stephanie Butler from Staffordshire has been included in an England women’s squad for the first time, after enjoying a good season with the ball in county cricket and also impressing with her performances for the England Women’s Academy in Sri Lanka over the winter.
"I’m sure she will learn a lot from the experience.
"I’m also looking forward to working with Sonia Odedra during the Kia Women’s Test and Royal London ODI series, and to welcoming Danielle Wyatt back into the fold for the NatWest T20Is against South Africa in September."
England play India in the one-off Test at Wormsley starting on 13th August before three ODIs on 21st, 23rd and 25th August before meeting South Africa in Twenty20s on 1st, 3rd and 7th September.
England squad to play India (1 Test, 3 ODIs): Charlotte Edwards (captain), Heather Knight (vice-captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt (ODIs only), Stephanie Butler (Test only), Kathryn Cross, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Sonia Ededra, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Lauren Winfield
England squad to play South Africa (3 T20Is): Charlotte Edwards (captain), Heather Knight (vice-captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
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