England’s World Cup-winning pacer, Anya Shrubsole, announced that she is retiring from international cricket. Her career spanned 14 years and she will go down as one of England’s best-ever bowlers.
Shrubsole has been part of two ICC Women’s World Cup-winning teams and is also a two-time Ashes winner. In total, she played 173 games across formats and took 227 wickets for England women.
“I feel immensely privileged to have been able to represent my country for the past 14 years. To have been involved in women’s cricket at a time of such growth has been an honour but it has become clear to me that it is moving forward faster than I can keep up with, so it is time for me to step away.”
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be lucky enough to play for England for so long, I’d have been happy with one game. There have been many ups and downs along the way but it was all worth it to be able to lift the ICC Women’s World Cup at Lord’s in 2017,” Shrubsole said.
“I simply couldn’t have done it without my family” – Anya Shrubsole
Shrubsole further expressed gratitude to her family, who stuck with her and supported her career. She ends as England’s 4th highest ODI wicket-taker and the highest wicket-taker for England in the T20I format.
“There have been so many people who have supported me along the way and I want to thank them all for everything they have done, but most of all I couldn’t have done it without the unwavering support of my family. They have been with me every step of the way and I simply couldn’t have done it without them,” she added.
Shrubsole is also the first woman ever to appear on the front cover of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. She will now be moving to domestic cricket where she will play in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, Rachael Heyhoe Flint trophy, and The Hundred.