Recently, quite a few English cricketers have retired from International Cricket. England spin bowler Laura Marsh now has announced her retirement from international cricket. She became the latest player from England to announce her retirement. Here let’s have a look at some of the latest retirements from England women’s cricket team –
Laura Marsh was one of the prolific bowlers of the England women’s team. Marsh who started her career as a medium-pace seamer, reinvented herself as an off-spinner the following year. Laura took 217 wickets for her country over an international career of 13 years. She was also part of the national side which won 3 world cups. She took her career-best figures of 5/15 against Pakistan in the 2009 World Cup. She was thus named in the ICC’s Tournament XI. One of her memorable test knocks came in 2013 at Wormsley when she made 55 runs (304 balls, 343 minutes) and helped England draw the Test against Australia. England Women eventually won the Ashes series.
Jenny Gunn retired from all forms of international cricket after giving her country 15 years of service. Jenny has been a part of 3 World Cup and 5 Ashes victories for England and has represented her country in 259 games, only second behind Charlotte Edwards who has 309 international caps. Prominently a seam bowler, Gunn transformed into an all-rounder of the game. She departed with a tally of 240 wickets and 2702 runs across all formats. She also ended up as the second-highest wicket-taker for England in ODIs and third-highest wicket-taker in T20Is.
In Tests, her best bowling figures in an innings came against India, when she got a 5-fer and gave only 19 runs. In ODIs her best figures are 5/22 whereas in T20Is she performed her best when she took 5 wickets giving only 18 runs.
England’s top-order batter Sarah Taylor announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket. Taylor who has been battling anxiety and mental health issues had to skip the T20 World Cup last year. Taylor is considered as one of the most naturally talented players of the game and is quick behind the stumps. Her astounding wicket-keeping abilities have earned her many accolades from cricketing greats and fans alike.
Taylor departed with 6533 runs across all formats. She also has 128 catches and 104 stumpings to her name. Across her career, Taylor has featured in 5 Ashes series and along with the national team, won both the 50 and 20 over World Cup in 2009. Taylor has 7 ODI centuries to her name. Her highest ODI score came in 2017 when she made 147 runs in 104 balls against South Africa at Bristol. She has reached a score of 50 in T20Is 16 times in her career, hitting her career-best of 77 in 58 balls against Australia in 2013.
(With stats from ESPNCricinfo)