Heather Knight has been ruled out of action for six weeks because of a stress fracture. © Getty Images

Heather Knight has been ruled out of action for six weeks because of a stress fracture. © Getty Images

Heather Knight, the England Women captain, has sustained a small ‘metatarsal stress fracture’ on her left foot and is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks, an England and Wales Cricket Board release said on Thursday (May 4).

Knight is expected to wear a specially designed boot to support the affected area for the first two to three weeks of her recovery, and will then spend the next two to three weeks doing light training and regaining full fitness. The release said that if Knight’s recovery went as per plan, she would be available for England Women’s first Women’s World Cup warm-up game against Sri Lanka Women on June 19. England start their campaign against India in Derby on June 24, the first day of the 11th edition of the competition.

Knight had been appointed captain in June last year after Charlotte Edwards retired from international cricket. It was a period of uncertainty in England cricket as they had lost the semifinals of the World Twenty20 2016 in India and Mark Robinson, the coach, had felt that the time was appropriate for a change.

Knight started her captaincy tenure with a whitewash of Pakistan Women at home before recording series wins in the West Indies and Sri Lanka. Those results helped England finish second on the Women’s Championship table with 14 wins in 21 games and qualify directly, along with Australia, New Zealand and West Indies, for the World Cup.

Knight, who made her One-Day International debut against India in March 2010, has scored 310 runs in 11 games at an average of 38.75, and taken 11 wickets at 19.00 since becoming captain.