England’s women’s leading international wicket-taker Katherine Brunt has announced her retirement from Test cricket. She will be available for selection in the limited-overs format.
England won the Ashes for the first time in 42 years:-
Brunt made her Test debut in 2004, and a year later was named Player of the Match after taking nine wickets and scoring a half-century as England won the Ashes for the first time in 42 years.
She took five wickets in his last appearance against Australia in Canberra in the winter and retired with 51 wickets in the format – the ninth-highest ever.
Her decision means Brunt will not feature when England plays South Africa in the one-off Test against South Africa starting June 27.
“I think there’s no clear time as an athlete to walk away from doing the thing that you love,” Brunt said.
Made a smart decision:-
“But the thoughts of retirement have come to the fore more and more in the last two years, so I’ve decided to make a smart decision rather than an emotional one.
Test cricket is my absolute passion and it was really heartbreaking to retire from this format. To like it, but it allows me to prefer white-ball cricket.
“I know I drop it in a great place, the bowlers coming in are ready and they’re just itching to let loose.
With South Africa’s game around the corner, I am very much looking forward to seeing him in the best seat at home.”
Brunt played only 14 Tests in a career spanning 18 years:-
Brunt, 36, played only 14 Tests in a career spanning 18 years. Largely due to a lack of fixtures in the longest format. She never improved his performance at Worcester in 2005.
But taking 8 wickets for 84 runs brought back memories of those glory as England played a thrilling Test draw in the Winter Ashes.
England Women’s Director of Cricket Jonathan Finch said: “Katherine’s passion and commitment have never been more evident than in playing Test cricket for England.
You only need to watch the last Ashes Test to see her will, his heart, and his undoubted potential. With a red ball in hand.
Gave everything to the women of England:-
“She has given everything for England women in Test cricket. And we fully support her decision to focus on white-ball cricket on the international stage.
Katherine can get past the red ball knowing she is a true legend in that form of the game. And they have set standards that future generations can only aspire to.”
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Along with facing South Africa and India in a bilateral white-ball series this summer. England will also be vying for T20 gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Brunt is England’s women’s leading ODI wicket-taker, and second only to Anya Shrubsole in T20Is.