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Katherine Brunt announces retirement from Test cricket

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Experienced England bowler Kathie Brunt announced her retirement from Test cricket on Saturday (June 18). but she will remain eligible for selection in short overs formats. Brunt concluded his 14-Test career with 51 wickets at an average of 21.52, including three five-wicket hauls.

Brunt finishes her Test career as England’s third-best wicket-taker, and she is one of only ten bowlers to have 50 or more wickets in the format. The 36-year-old made her Test debut against New Zealand in 2004, taking three wickets. She took her first fifer against Australia in 2005, scooping up nine wickets and scoring her lone half-century in the process. She last played in the lone Ashes Test earlier this year in Canberra, where she finished with eight wickets, including a fifer in the first innings.

Brunt reacts on retirement

“As an athlete, I believe there is never an obvious time to step away from doing what you love. But, after considering retirement for the past two years, I’ve chosen to make a rational decision rather than an emotional one. Test cricket is my ultimate passion, and retiring from it was a heartbreaking decision, but it allows me to prioritize white-ball cricket,” Brunt stated.

“Katherine’s enthusiasm and commitment were never more clear than when she played Test cricket for England, and you only need to watch the recent Ashes Test to witness her hunger, heart, and undoubted ability with the red ball in hand,” said Jonathan Finch, Director of England Women’s cricket.

“She has given her all for England Women in Test cricket, and we fully back her desire to concentrate on white-ball cricket on an international level.” Katherine may walk away from the red ball knowing she is a true legend in that style of the game and has established standards for future generations to only aspire to,” Finch added.


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