Katherine Brunt. ©ICC

England’s Katherine Brunt spoke about 2018 being one of the most challenging year of her career. She missed out on the 2018 ICC World T20 due to a chronic back injury.

As England prepare for the home Ashes in the summer, Brunt spoke to Sky Sports about her injuries, disappointments and the optimism over the upcoming challenges. She said “It’s been one of the most challenging years I’ve ever had. I’ve obviously had a lot of issues with my back in the past but I’ve managed to grab a good four and a half years out of it, up to this point, so it’s been very difficult.”

Brunt was forced off the field in England’s warm-up match against India which ruled her out for the entire tournament.

She further added, “I’ve had a lot of pain and discomfort, a lot of standing to one side and watching the team, which has been really difficult, but the staff have been brilliant.”

“Our physios here – Anna and Susan – have been brilliant with me and helped me to keep perspective because any athlete will know that when you’re going through major rehab, it’s a dark place to be and you can’t quite see the other side of it.”

On the Australia’s upcoming Ashes tour to England in July this year, Brunt said, “For me, the Ashes are bigger than the World Cup, It’s the biggest event that I like to be a part of when I’m playing for England.”

England will host Australia over three ODIs, three T20s and a solitary Test.

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