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CAPE TOWN: In 2011, Tazmin Britts was involved in a terrible car accident in which she was seriously injured and lost the will to live.

Her dream of competing in the London Olympics as a javelin thrower was also dashed as she spent three months in a hospital bed.

“I had to learn to get up to put the pan under me to pee or get out of bed to get on the como. “I had to learn to walk,” she said The BBC in an interview.

The near-fatal accident happened in Potchefstroom, where the British were celebrating their qualification for the Games.

A brief lapse in concentration meant she lost control and was thrown from her car.

She suffered a fractured pelvis and hip and a punctured bladder. She needed multiple painful surgeries.

“I thought I wouldn’t be able to walk again, I wouldn’t be able to play sports again,” she told womenscriczone.com in 2019.

She added: “With my dream went all my sponsorships and will to live.

“I tried to end my life on more than one occasion. I felt lost and had no direction.”

The 2007 world junior javelin champion has been rescued by cricket and will look to power South Africa to victory over hot favorites Australia in the 2020 Women’s World Cup final on Sunday.

Injuries were back on her mind on Friday when the Briton took a spectacular flying catch to dismiss England’s Alice Kepsi in a stunning six-run victory over South Africa in the semi-final at Newlands.

“When I dived, I thought it was a burst vein, it was sticking out. But they pushed him down. “We weren’t sure if it was a bone or not,” said the 32-year-old.

“I said to Mo our doctor, let me get back on the field. “The doctor and he just made sure there were no broken bones.”

In Britain’s all-out performance on Friday, she took four wickets after scoring 68 in her team’s total of 164-4.

After her javelin dreams faded, the Briton made her international cricket debut in 2018 but missed out on the squad for the 2020 T20 World Cup.

Her form in the 2023 tournament, however, was on an upward curve, reflecting the team’s changing fortunes.

Scores of 12 and one were followed by 45 against Australia and 50 not out in the final match against Bangladesh, which allowed South Africa to sneak into the semi-finals on net.

Her blitz of runs on Friday came off 55 balls and featured six fours and two sixes.

On Sunday, the Brits will try to pull off a fairytale finish in front of the home fans at Newlands.

“I think today we almost basically clicked. “Hopefully everything will click against Australia,” the Briton said.

“I think we’ve always believed we could do it.


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