Kim Garth has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe series with a stress fracture of her back.

The 21 year-old Pembroke all-rounder had been due to skipper Ireland Women in a five match T20 series in Harare this week, but will remain in Australia for treatment.

Garth played a pivotal role as Sydney Sixers retained their Women's Big Bash crown, but the win has come as at a cost.

“Kim was due to travel from Australia to join the squad in Zimbabwe," said Ireland Head Coach Aaron Hamilton.

"However, Kim sustained an injury during the latter stages of the WBBL, and after a precautionary MRI it was felt it would be better for her to return to Melbourne for follow up treatment.”

Garth was playing club cricket in Melbourne before joining up with the Sixers, and will now undergo a period of rest, physio, and a rehab programme there. Garth like all her Irish Women colleagues, doesn't have a contract with Cricket Ireland, although the governing body did support her trip Down Under with the help of one of their sponsors.

It's hoped Garth will be able to return to Irish colours in June as a batsman only in proposed home series against New Zealand and Bangladesh, before returning to bowling action in the crucial T20 World Cup Qualifiers the following month in The Netherlands.