Australian fast bowler Megan Schutt has been ruled out of the inaugural England Women’s Super League as she continues to recover from a knee injury.
Schutt had signed on to play for the Southern Vipers in the Super League, while Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars teammate Sarah Coyte has also withdrawn from the competition – where she was signed to play for the Lancashire Thunder - due to personal reasons.
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Schutt is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a persistent knee concern she carried through the Australian summer and the World T20 in India earlier this year, but she is expected to be fit for Australia’s next international engagement, a tour of Sri Lanka in September.
"I’m doing a lot of rehab for my knees at the minute, so it’s a long road ahead, but nice to be back (training)," Schutt told cricket.com.au.
"I’ve got a bit of tendinopathy, which is an overuse injury, but it’s nothing too serious."
Schutt is the second Australian forced out of the Super League due to injury, with Jess Jonassen also sitting out the tournament as she recovers from knee surgery.
Schutt’s place at the Vipers has been filled by experienced New Zealand spinner Morna Nielson, while fellow White Fern Amy Satterthwaite takes Coyte’s place at the Thunder.
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Nielsen, who played for Melbourne Stars in WBBL|01, is currently ranked number two in the world in the International Cricket Council’s T20 bowling rankings, behind England’s Anya Shrubsole, while Satterthwaite joins her Hobart Hurricanes teammate Hayley Matthews at Lancashire.
"We are absolutely delighted with the calibre of overseas players that all six teams have been able to secure, and we look forward to welcoming all 18 of them to England this summer," Super League General Manager Jo Kirk said.
The Super League will kick off on July 30.
Australians in the Super League
Loughborough Lightning: Ellyse Perry
Surrey Stars: Rene Farrell, Meg Lanning
Yorkshire Diamonds: Alex Blackwell, Beth Mooney