England all-rounder Freya Kemp has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup after suffering a stress fracture in her back.
The 17-year-old did not see the field during any of England’s three ODIs on their recent white-ball tour against West Indies due to back pain.
Further exploratory scans have since revealed a stress fracture, meaning she will miss out on February’s tournament in South Africa.
There is no timeline on Kemp’s return as she begins rehabilitation with the England Women and Southern Vipers medical teams.
Her absence follows that of Alice Capsey after she sustained a broken collarbone during the opening ODI in the Caribbean.
Kemp has taken eight wickets and logged an economy rate of under eight an over in nine games since making her international debut against South Africa in July.
She also became the youngest England player to make a T20I half-century with 51 not out against India in September and was later awarded Women’s Young Player of the Year by the PCA and Cricket Writers’ Club.
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