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Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – Sarah Taylor signs Northern Diamonds in response to the Keeping Trophy crisis

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The England legend hasn’t played competitively in nearly two years

Sarah Taylor Coming out of retirement a month ahead of schedule, she will return to compete with the Northern Diamonds at Emerald Headingley on Saturday, at the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Taylor, 32, has not played professionally since retiring at the end of the 2019 season due to her longstanding struggle with anxiety issues. But, having returned to the sport as a text-keeping consultant at Sussex this season, she was set to resume her football career with Welch Fire in the promising season of the 100.

However, she has now responded to a call from her former England teammate, Northern Diamonds coach Danny Hazel, after losing both of the team’s assigned wicket guards. Pace Heath has been injured and Lauren Winfield Hill is out of service in England, so Taylor will go straight to the side against the South East Stars this weekend.

“Danny called me and told me that Lauren was leaving with England and that Pace was injured so they were after the goalkeeper,” Taylor said. “It’s nice for me to play in a good competition in preparation for the 100th mission. It’s kind of a win-win for everyone really, but it was really nice to think of Danny.”

During a career in England that spanned 13 years and 226 matches across formats, Taylor has forged a reputation for herself as one of the preeminent wicketkeepers – male or female – in world cricket.

She still holds the record of 51 stunts in both the ODI and T20I formats, while some of her tackles, including a Jodie Fields drive-through catch in the 2013 Ashes—off Hazell Bowling, no less—entered folklore.

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