Former England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has joined the Manchester Originals men as an assistant coach ahead of this summer’s Hundred.
Taylor, one of the world’s best wicketkeepers – male or female – during her playing days, has turned to coaching in recent years.
She has been working at Bede’s School in Sussex since late 2019 and is on Sussex’s coaching staff as a specialist wicketkeeping consultant. Earlier this winter, she took on an assistant’s role with Team Abu Dhabi at the T10 League in the UAE.
From late July to early September, Taylor will work alongside head coach Simon Katich for an Originals side whose icon player is England gloveman Jos Buttler.
The 32-year-old told BBC Sport: “These roles are coming around now and any woman that gets offered an opportunity, they should take it with open arms. I’m extremely grateful to Manchester.”
Taylor last played for England’s women in July 2019 before announcing her retirement. She came out of retirement to play in last season’s women’s Hundred for the Welsh Fire.
She has had to leave the Fire, but insists her playing days aren’t necessarily over: “There is no rush for me,” she added.
“I’m still young enough and fit enough to play, so if an opportunity comes around I will absolutely consider it. But right now coaching is the opportunity I was happy with, so I’m going down this route.”
Taylor’s appointment comes on a day when the eight Hundred franchises – both men’s and women’s – announced their retained list for this summer’s second edition.
The Manchester Originals men have retained England stars Buttler, Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt and Matt Parkinson and will add their three overseas players at the final draft on March 30.
If you think Taylor can help the Originals men claim the title Southern Brave won last year, Paddy Power have them at 7/1 .
The Brave have retained the likes of Jofra Archer, Marcus Stoinis, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan and Tim David and are the 3/1 favourites to triumph again.
The 2021 women’s champions Oval Invincibles have retained South African trio Dane van Niekirk, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail alongside rising English star Alice Capsey. They are the 7/2 favourites to win that competition.
The men’s competition runs from August 3 to September 3, while the women’s event – shortened slightly for this year alone in order to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games – starts on August 11 and runs to September 3.
All men’s players not retained can be picked up by any side at the March 30 draft. All women’s players not retained can be signed by any other side, with their signings also announced on March 30. Those signings will not be done via a draft.
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