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Knee injury delays start of Darlington season

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Pace bowler Hannah Darlington will miss the early part of the WNCL and WBBL tournaments after sustaining a knee injury late in pre-season.

She will undergo surgery on the meniscus of her left knee on Monday and is aiming for a return to the latter part of the WBBL with Sydney Thunder, which runs until the end of November.

Darlington, who has played two ODIs and two T20Is, took injury training in Canberra while attending the National Leadership Forum.

“It was actually a freak accident,” she told news.com.au. “I just fell a little while bowling. I didn’t really hit the ground…I was in a lot of pain right away. I knew something was wrong – I tried to run it away and couldn’t walk.”

Darlington captained Sydney Thunder last season in the absence of Rachael Haynes. She was initially a reserve in the ODI World Cup squad but withdrew to manage her mental health.

The injury means Darlington’s first chance in the 50-over WNCL with New South Wales will likely come shortly before Christmas, when competition resumes after the WBBL.

New South Wales currently does not have three bowlers who would push for the first choice XI with Stella Campbell and Lauren Cheatle also offside.