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Sarah Jane Taylor (born 20 May 1989) is an English cricketer. She is a wicket keeper-batter known for her free flowing stroke play, opening the batting in one-day matches and batting in the middle order in Tests. She was a member of the England team which retained the Ashes in Australia in 2008. She plays county cricket for Sussex.

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Taylor’s and Holly Colvin’s inclusion in the Brighton College boys’ team caused some controversy within the MCC.

On 30 June 2009, she scored 120 at a run-a-ball in the 2nd One Day International at Chelmsford, overtaking Enid Bakewell’s 118 in 1973 as the highest individual score against Australia by an Englishwoman. On 8 August 2008, she broke the record for the highest stand in women’s One Day International cricket with a first wicket partnership of 268 with Caroline Atkins at Lord’s for England against South Africa. She went on to score 129.

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On 1 September 2008 she became the youngest woman cricketer to score 1000 runs in One Day Internationals when she scored 75 not out at Taunton in England’s 10 wicket win against India. She reached 1000 runs when she had scored 16.

At the start of the cricket season she was the first woman player ever to play in the Darton first XI. She has also been joined at Darton by Katherine Brunt, England bowler.

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Sarah Taylor & Ebony Rainford-Brent of England in March 2009 at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup held in Sydney
She opened the batting for England in their victories in the 50 over World Cup in Australia and the Twenty/20 World Championship in 2009. However, she pulled out of the England tours of 2010 and 2011, including the Ashes match in Australia.

She won the T20I Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2012 and 2013,and was the holder of one of the first tranche of 18 ECB central contracts for women players, which were announced in April 2014.

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She was named as the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2014.

In 2015, she became the first woman to be inducted in the Legends Lane at the Brighton and Hove County Cricket Ground at Hove.

Also in 2015 she became the first woman to play men’s grade cricket in Australia, when she appeared as wicketkeeper for Northern Districts against Port Adelaide at Salisbury Oval in South Australia’s premier men’s competition.

Sarah Taylor with her nephew

In May 2016, Taylor announced she had been suffering from anxiety which she said had been adversely affecting her cricket performance. She announced a break from playing in order to ‘prolong her career’. She resumed playing in April 2017 and in June she was selected for the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup,at which she and Tammy Beaumont set the record for the highest 2nd-wicket partnership in Women’s Cricket World Cup history (275) in a 68-run victory over South Africa.Taylor’s innings of 147 was her career best in ODIs. Taylor was a member of the winning women’s team at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup held in England.

In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.

I cried,” Sarah Taylor says simply as she remembers the moment last month when, having just helped England win the World Cup at Lord’s, she recognized how much more she had achieved in overcoming the anxiety and depression which had forced her to give up cricket for most of the previous year. “We were on the field waiting for the presentation and it hit me. A year ago I wasn’t even playing cricket. Six months ago I wasn’t even playing. Everyone was crying. Typical girls – we were all crying.”

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Taylor rolls her eyes and smiles in a way which cannot mask the fact she is a serious cricketer. Before hearing her harrowing but ultimately inspiring account of how she has learnt to control the panic attacks and despair which threatened to end her career and blight her life forever, Taylor’s outstanding cricket should be underlined.

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In the World Cup, which marked her return, she scored 396 runs at an average of 49.50. Taylor hit 147 in a group game against South Africa and posted scores of 54 in the semi-final and 45 against India in the final. The best wicketkeeper in women’s cricket, she completed a brilliant leg-side stumping at a key moment in the semi-final against South Africa.

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She made her England debut in 2006, aged 17, and became the first woman to play first-grade men’s cricket in Australia, in 2015, despite suffering from mental health problems she managed to conceal. It is little wonder Taylor had so much to absorb after England won a thrilling final in front of a crammed Lord’s and a global TV audience exceeding 100 million.

Taylor is engaging company and, talking in detail for the first time about her mental health, she speaks with raw intimacy. As she describes the darkest days, when she could not even get out of bed, she says: “You’re very negative. Everything is the worst-case scenario. My panic attacks would come because I couldn’t breathe properly. I’d spend the entire day focusing on breathing. I’d then think: ‘What am I doing with my life? I’m just stuck in bed, can’t breathe.’ That would make you worse. You spend the entire day having some form of panic attack. It’s awful because you don’t know why

I saw a doctor in London. My partner didn’t live far away so I was like: ‘Right, I’ll get up from my partner’s place and walk to the doctor.’ I did not even consider the fact this walk would be the hardest 15 minutes of my life. I sat on a bench outside, waiting. I was shaking, couldn’t breathe, on my own. This had happened before but I didn’t know what it was. All of a sudden it was more normal than a normal day.”

Taylor’s avocado and poached egg sandwich lies uneaten in front of her because she is more intent on talking – as she knows how many people suffer from the same ailment.

“I think I’ve always had it,” the 28-year-old says, before pinpointing the first time she became aware of the extent of her anxiety in 2013. “I remember randomly walking past my old school [in Brighton] and my PE teacher happened to be outside. He said: ‘Oh my God, we’re doing a sports event. Is there any chance you could hand out the awards?’ I was like: ‘Sure.’

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“I stood there waiting, feeling ill. I couldn’t breathe properly. I thought I would pass out. I made some excuse: ‘I can’t do this for long because I have to shoot off.’ He said: ‘No problem, just do what you can.’ I remember putting these awards around children’s necks and I couldn’t see their faces. I was completely gone. I said: ‘I’m really sorry. I have to go.’”

The situation worsened on a tour of the West Indies in 2013. “I didn’t know why but I just wanted to go home. The coach said: ‘Stick with it, a score will come.’ I remember thinking: ‘This has nothing to do with cricket.’ I then started getting anxiety around doing media for a couple of years. I also realised I was having these symptoms before I went out to bat because I didn’t want to mess up. I remember playing Australia and running off to be sick before batting. I was distressed and thinking: ‘Don’t get out, don’t get out …”

Her team-mates remained oblivious and Taylor felt herself unravelling slowly, in an invisible implosion. During the T20 World Cup in February 2016 she made only 49 runs in five innings. It was a small, sad miracle that Taylor was even playing. “I spent all my time in my hotel room. I didn’t talk to anyone. Everyone used to joke I was ‘Room Service Sarah’. I had that fear of going to a new place, getting stuck somewhere and even of socialising.”

She had a short break after the World Cup and then the fall came. “I was supposed to travel the next day to play for Sussex but I couldn’t get out of bed to brush my teeth. The night before the game I broke down. I called the England physio and said: ‘I can’t do it.’ I think she already knew. I think Robbo [England’s coach Mark Robinson] did as well.”

In May 2016 it was announced that Taylor would take “an indefinite break” from cricket. She moved back in with her parents. “Life was a lot harder than cricket – and I don’t think my parents necessarily understood my decision because it was hard to explain. My mum is the most supportive woman in the world and now she’s absolutely fantastic. But at that time I was like: ‘Oh God, have I made the right decision?’ But, actually, I knew. I needed to get better. I’d be in bed and my mum would walk in and open the curtains and say: ‘Right, come on.’ I’d be like: ‘Not today. I’m having a bad day.’ Mum would say: ‘Nah, up you get.’ I’d say: ‘No. I need to stay here.’ She completely understands now I sometimes need a day t

A doctor, and a little dog, rescued her. Gradually, her terrifying trips to the psychologist helped. “She started explaining things and giving me little tasks. After two months, I said: ‘I’m going to do something for me.’ I bought myself a dog, an adorable little Puggle called Millie. She genuinely saved my life. At first she was not allowed out and so I spent a few weeks with her, cuddling, bonding. And then, after her injections, she was allowed out for a walk.”


Taylor’s expression changes as she relives her anxiety. “This is somewhere I’ve grown up since I was seven. But stepping outside the house was the hardest thing. I put her on a lead and walked around my mum’s garden. The next step was the football field behind my parents’ house. I went halfway around. After a while I went around the field twice with this tiny dog.

“I thought I’d done enough but my mum said: ‘Sarah, she needs food.’ Queueing in a shop was so hard. The first time I couldn’t do it. But I went again and got the food. ‘OK,’ I said, ‘go quickly now.’ From there I was able to go to Boots to get shampoo and conditioner. Or I might sit in a cafe and two minutes later I’d suddenly leave. Slowly I was venturing out. It stemmed from this small dog because I had a purpose again – to make sure she was fed. That was important because I didn’t know my purpose. Am I Sarah Taylor, a cricketer? Or someone else? The World Cup was only a year away. But I was like: ‘There’s no way in hell I’m going back for that.’ I missed the girls but not the cricket.”

Taylor summoned the courage to accept an invitation to watch them play Pakistan in Taunton. “That was massive. I don’t know how I did that but I drove to Taunton by myself. Stayed in a random hotel. Robbo made it easier. He said: ‘Right, girls, if you have any questions please ask Sarah. She’s very open. But don’t overwhelm the girl – she’s had a tough time.’ The girls were happy to see me. I was happy to see them. I walked away thinking: ‘Let’s sort your shit out

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