Sarah Taylor, the former England international widely regarded as one of the most gifted wicketkeepers in the game, is to make a playing comeback with Welsh Fire in the Hundred.

Taylor, who announced her retirement from international cricket in September 2019 following a long battle with anxiety, said she never turned her back on domestic cricket, although she didn’t pick up her bat for nearly 18 months afterwards.

Once she did, she rediscovered something from nearly 15 years ago that signalled she could fulfil an ambition to play in the new tournament.

There were no shots off the back foot as she looked to attack and dominate the bowler and found, in her words, “some ego, aggression, dismissiveness” and a little bit of “arrogance” – all of which had gone missing as she struggled in the spotlight of international cricket and under the weight of expectation she placed on herself.

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