On Thursday, England’s Fran Wilson announced her retirement from international cricket. The 29-year old right-hand bat featured in 64 international matches and scored 837 runs, including two ODI half-centuries. She was also a part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2017 when England beat India at Lord’s.
In a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board, Wilson said: “I feel incredibly proud to have played for my country for the past 10 years and the time now feels right to step away. I am excited for the challenges that domestic cricket will bring in the next chapter of my playing career. Playing for England pushes you to the limit and I’m grateful for the experiences which have made me better, on and off the pitch. The memories I have made with some amazing teams are ones I will always cherish and I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my England journey.”
Having played 64 Matches for England, Fran Wilson has announced her international retirement earlier today.
She will continue to play the domestic matches.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) October 28, 2021
England Women’s head coach Lisa Keightley added: “Fran has served her country with distinction for over a decade and can be very proud of the work she’s put in and of what she’s achieved. It’s a very difficult decision to retire from international cricket, but our loss will be the domestic game’s gain. Fran has always given everything for England and I know she’ll continue to do so in domestic cricket.”
Though she has hung her boots from playing international cricket, she will continue to play domestic cricket. She represents Sunrisers in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edwards Cup, and Oval Invincibles in The Hundred.
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