England's Sarah Glenn Ruled Out of T20I and ODI Series with Concussion

England’s Sarah Glenn Ruled Out of T20I and ODI Series with Concussion

England’s T20I and ODI campaign against New Zealand has been dealt a blow with the news that legspinner Sarah Glenn has been ruled out due to concussion. Glenn sustained the injury during the third T20I in Nelson, where she landed heavily after dropping a catch.

Despite initially staying on the field and bowling the next over, Glenn was eventually substituted out for Holly Armitage at the change of innings. She missed the fourth T20I in Wellington and will now miss at least the first two ODIs as she follows the ECB’s Graded Return to Play Protocols.

Glenn’s absence is a significant loss for England, as she is a key member of their spin attack. However, the team was able to replace her with Sophie Ecclestone in Wellington, who returned to the squad after featuring in the Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Alongside Ecclestone, Danni Wyatt, Nat Sciver-Brunt, and Alice Capsey also became available for the fourth T20I, which England won by a commanding 47 runs to wrap up the series.

Offspinner Charlie Dean claimed four wickets in the fourth T20I, and with Ecclestone and Glenn also available, England could field a formidable spin attack for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have an injury concern of their own after captain Sophie Devine sustained a quad strain in Wellington. Devine was limited to one over and did not bat, and will undergo an MRI scan on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.

“Probably just a small niggle,” Devine said. “Just looking ahead with the one-dayers being really important with WC [World Championship] points. I probably wanted to get back out there but someone with a bit more of a rational brain kept me off.”

Will Pucovski's Leicestershire Contract Canceled Due to Concussion

Will Pucovski’s Leicestershire Contract Canceled Due to Concussion

Will Pucovski’s highly anticipated stint with Leicestershire has been abruptly canceled due to another concussion suffered during a Sheffield Shield match. The 26-year-old Australian batsman was set to make his county cricket debut but was forced to withdraw after being struck by a bouncer from Riley Meredith.

Pucovski has a history of concussions, which have plagued his career and sidelined him for extended periods. The latest incident occurred earlier this month, prompting immediate concerns about his health. He was immediately substituted out of the game and has not played since.

Leicestershire had signed Pucovski as a temporary replacement for South African all-rounder Wiaan Mulder for the first five games of the County Championship. He was expected to join his Victoria teammate Peter Handscomb, who had a successful season with the club in 2023.

“It’s a huge shame to lose Will at this stage, but his health must come first,” said Leicestershire’s director of cricket, Claude Henderson. “Given the proximity to the start of the English season, it has been agreed by all parties to allow him the necessary time to recover, and we want to wish Will all the best as he continues to recuperate in Australia.”

Henderson added that the club has contingency plans in place and will announce a new overseas addition shortly.

Pucovski has represented Australia once in Tests, averaging 45.19 in first-class cricket. However, his career has been marred by concussions and mental health issues, which have forced him to prioritize his well-being.

The cancellation of Pucovski’s contract is a setback for both the player and Leicestershire. It remains to be seen when he will be able to return to the field and whether he can overcome the challenges that have hindered his progress.

Pucovski Retires Hurt After Helmet Blow in Sheffield Shield Match

Pucovski Retires Hurt After Helmet Blow in Sheffield Shield Match

Will Pucovski’s concussion woes continue as he is forced to retire hurt in Sheffield Shield match

Will Pucovski’s injury-plagued career took another unfortunate turn on Friday when he was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet by a Riley Meredith bouncer in Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Hobart.

Pucovski, who has a history of concussions, was struck by the short ball from the second delivery he faced and immediately went down on his knees in the crease. The Cricket Australia doctor and Victoria physio were quickly into the middle, and after some time to compose himself, Pucovski was able to walk off the field unaided for further assessment.

Campbell Kellaway was brought into the XI as the concussion substitute. The match is in the fourth innings with Victoria chasing 442.

“Pucovski, who walked from the field, is being monitored by medical staff,” a Cricket Victoria statement said. “More information will be provided at a later stage.”

Pucovski has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career and last month returned from another spell on the sidelines where he made a century against New South Wales at the SCG.

He has also had time away from the game for his mental health and earlier this year spoke about how he has learned that there is a link between that and his concussions.

“The mental health has been a much bigger issue for me than even the concussions,” he told the Vic State Cricket podcast. “I don’t fear for my long-term health, it’s more the mental health side that’s been the tougher part.”

“One day I’ll be ready to tell my whole story and it will probably make a lot more sense,” he added. “I’ve explained what I’ve been through to my inner circle of people and actually all the responses I’ve got have been like ‘Jesus, I would never have guessed that in a million years, that doesn’t even make sense to me’.”

“It hasn’t made sense to me for years, either, but I’ve been on this pathway to understand it all.”

Pucovski played one Test for Australia in early 2021, against India at the SCG.

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