Heat star determined to return to action
CRICKET: How is this for toughness?
Brisbane Heat gun Deandra Dottin is on the comeback trail after suffering a horrific facial injury in the Women's Big Bash League.
The West Indian holds the record for the fastest ever international Twenty20 century (38 balls) hit by a man or woman.
And she is determined to deliver some of her trademark big-hitting for the Heat before the tournament is over.
Dottin and teammate Laura Harris collided heavily while trying to save a boundary against the Melbourne Stars at Allan Border Field on December 27.
Harris emerged relatively unscathed but Dottin was left needing two titanium plates in her shattered cheek.
"It was very painful,” Dottin said.
"I had a broken cheekbone and a lot of swelling.
"The bone was compressing on a nerve, which was causing my face to be numb. I didn't have a lot of feeling.
"I had surgery to have two titanium plates inserted in my cheek. The plates will stay in there for good.”
Despite the painful injury, Dottin is determined to play again for the Heat this summer.
Brisbane has a 4-4 record going into Sunday and Monday's double-header against the Hurricanes in Hobart and needs to make the finals for Dottin to have a chance of playing.
"I was looking forward to playing here,” Dottin said.
"The girls are awesome. Everyone is just so nice and cool.
"I really want to play again. I want them to reach the finals so I can have one last game before I have to leave.
"The girls are going pretty well. They have been playing some good cricket.
"They just have to keep up the good work and continue to win.
"The maximum is six weeks but hopefully the girls make the finals and I can play again.”
Dottin, 25, is no stranger to injuries in the game, but the fielding accident was not one she was expecting.
"I've had a broken bone inside the palm of my hand,” she said.
"I had to have the broken piece cut off when I had surgery.
"This was not something I was expecting but these things happen and you can't really control it.
"I was focused on catching the ball. I couldn't catch it then ran into my teammate. It was all downhill from there.”
England star Lauren Winfield has returned to the Heat as the international replacement for the injured Dottin until she is ready to play again.
Winfield, a 26-year-old wicketkeeper and batter, played for the Heat last summer, averaging 26.55 with a top score of 48 not out.