England’s World Cup-winning batsman and wicketkeeper has struggled with depression and anxiety, making her cricket achievements all the more remarkable
‘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 recognised 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.”
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.