England cricket skip Knight out of Games

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Heather Knight, the England cricket captain, has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games without playing a match after failing to recover from a hip problem.

The news is a blow to England who are likely to meet Australia in either the semi-finals, or the final.

Knight suffered the injury during the Twenty20 opener in England's multi-format series against South Africa a couple of weeks ago and had an injection before the Games to try to soothe the troubled area.

However, an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson has confirmed the issue has "failed to settle down as expected" and Knight is now facing an extended period on the sidelines.

It was initially thought England would be able to send for a replacement player but Games ' regulations mean they will compete now with a 14-strong squad.

Nat Sciver will continue to lead the side in her absence.

England play New Zealand on Thursday with the loser meeting Australia in the last four and the winner going into the other semi-final.

Not only is Knight out of the Games, where cricket is making its first appearance in 24 years, a line has also been drawn through her name this season for the women's Hundred. She was due to lead London Spirit in the competition, which starts next week.

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