Anya Shrubsole draw curtains on her international career
England seamer Anya Shrubsole has called time on her 14 year old international career. The 30 year old finished with 227 wickets in 173 appearances for England which featured two world series triumphs and one Ashes glory.
"I feel immensely privileged to have been able to represent my country for the past 14 years," Shrubsole said. "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 Women's World Series at Lord's in 2017. "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."
England and Wales Cricket Board’s Managing Director of Women Cricket, Clare Connor thanked Shrushbole for her contributions saying Anya has been the most tremendous servant to English cricket, and to women's cricket specifically.
"For 14 years she has given everything for the team so it is fitting that her reasons for retiring are so selfless. In her last game for England - the Women's World Series final in Christchurch - Anya was the team's stand-out performer with the ball, just as she was on that magical day at Lord's in 2017 when England women lifted the World Series.
"Her longevity, skill and impact with the new and old ball are testament to her work ethic and commitment over so many years. "Aside from her genius with the ball, Anya was the perfect teammate - selfless, dedicated, thoughtful and kind. She has already dedicated 14 years to England Women's cricket and I know that she will continue to have a huge impact on the game post-playing.
"Anya loves the game as much as anyone I've ever met and we look forward to retaining her expertise and passion as she embarks on her next chapter. "We thank her for everything she has done, for every girl she has inspired, and wish her all the best for what comes next."
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