According to the country’s cricket authority (ECB), Anya Shrubsole, England’s World Cup-winning bowler, has announced her retirement from international cricket at the age of 30, Shrubsole was a member of two world champion teams, one in 2009 and the other in 2017 when she took six wickets in a nine-run triumph against India in the final.
She represented England in 173 matches across all forms, capturing 227 wickets. Shrubsole has the national record for women’s Twenty20 international wickets (102) and ranks fourth in one-day international wickets.
“I feel immensely privileged to have been able to represent my country for the past 14 years,” Shrubsole said in a statement.
“To have been involved in women’s cricket at a time of such growth has been an honor 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.”, she said adding.
“Anya has been the most tremendous servant to English cricket, and to women’s cricket specifically,” ECB managing director of women’s cricket Clare Connor said. “Her longevity, skill, and impact with the new and old ball are testaments to her work ethic and commitment over so many years.”
“For 14 years she has given everything to the team so it is fitting that her reasons for retiring are so selfless. In her last game for England – the ICC Women’s World Cup 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 Cup.”
Shrubsole last played for England in the Women’s World Cup final, when she took three wickets in a 71-run loss to Australia earlier this month.
Shrubsole will continue playing in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Charlotte Edwards Cup, and The Hundred in domestic cricket.