Pacer Anya Shrubsole has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The pacer who was instrumental in helping England women win 2017 ICC Cricket World Cup. He decided to call it a day after a career spanning 14 years.
The 30-year old has represented England in 173 international matches, claiming 227 wickets. She was also part of the two World-Cup winning campaigns (2009, 2017) and two Ashes winning teams. She has expressed her to desire to play domestic cricket after retirement.
For past 14 years, Shrubsole said that it was immense honor to play for her country at the international stage. She said that she has seen the growth of women’s game in the past decade but felt it’s time to call it a day.
The pacer stated that she was lucky to play for England for such a long period of time. She said that she has gone through ups and downs in her cricketing career. She termed lifting the ICC Women’s World Cup at Lords in 2017 as the highlight of her cricketing career.
She also acknowledged the support she has received from England supporters, ECB and family. She said that she played cricket as she was supported by her family. England Women’s Cricket, Managing Director, Clare Connor said that Anya Shrubsole has been a great servant to England women’s cricket.
In a career spanning almost 14 years, Anya Shrubsole has given everything for England’s women cricket. She has been a bankable performer for England women’s cricket for the past decade or so and her reasons to quit is so selfless. In her last appearance for England, Anya Shrubsole performed exceedingly well and standout bowler on display for England women. She was instrumental in helping England beat India in the finals of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 played at Lords Cricket Ground.
For England women’s national cricket team, it won’t be easy to fill the void left by Anya Shrubsole