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Brunt Heading Home, Cross Stays To Cover

Katherine Brunt
Katherine Brunt (left) will return home after suffering a recurrence of a lower back injury
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England fast bowler Katherine Brunt has been ruled out of the remainder of the Women's Ashes series due to a lower back injury and Kate Cross will remain in Australia as cover.

Brunt missed the first two One-Day Internationals after suffering a recurrence of a lower back injury and she will now return to England for rehabilitation.

Lancashire bowler Cross was originally named in the squad for the Tests and ODIs only but will now stay with the team for the three Twenty20 Internationals that conclude the multi-format series.

After winning the Test match by 61 runs and the opening ODI by seven wickets, England lead the series 8-0 and need one further win to claim the series.

"To lose a proven world-class performer like Katherine Brunt from the squad is unquestionably disappointing, however, we are in a very strong position to be able to keep Kate Cross with the team for the remainder of this Women’s Ashes tour," head of England Women's Performance Paul Shaw said.

"Kate bowled superbly on Test debut in Perth. She is in a rich vein of form with the ball, and this is a great opportunity for her to show off her skills in the shortest format of the game during the three T20s, starting in Hobart on 29th January.

"Katherine will fly home shortly to undergo the necessary treatment and rehabilitation work to get back to full fitness."

Brunt has played nine Tests, 73 ODIs and 42 Twenty20 Internationals for England.

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