England cricket skipper Comm Games doubt

Heather Knight, the captain of Australia’s main rivals for Commonwealth Games cricket gold, is in a race to be fit for the start of the tournament.

The England skipper, 31, has had an injection in her hip joint amid some irritation just five days out from the start of her side’s Games campaign.

The hugely experienced Knight is a key player for the hosts who are second to Australia in the women’s T20 world rankings – the Games format.

Knight’s injury precluded her involvement against South Africa at the weekend and she will be absent again on Tuesday as a precaution for the final Twenty20 international which concludes the multi-format series.

While the match is a dead rubber with England already in an unassailable points lead, Knight’s readiness for at least the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is open to question.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson confirmed Knight will “continue to be assessed and treated” ahead of their first Games fixture against Sri Lanka on Saturday at Edgbaston.

England then face South Africa on August 2 before rounding off their Group B campaign against New Zealand on August 4 in cricket’s return to the Commonwealth Games after a 24-year absence.

Australia, who launch the tournament against India on Friday, are in Group A with Barbados and Pakistan making up the quartet.

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