Australian star all-rounder and three times World Cup winner Delissa Kimmince has called it a day from cricket. The 31-year old decided to take a break from WBBL. She later informed the selectors she would not be available to take the contract for the 2021-22 season.
Delissa Kimmince made her debut for Australia in 2008 in a match against New Zealand. She went on to play 60 internationals matches, which included 16 ODI and 44 T20I appearances. She has claimed 14 ODI wickets and 45 T20I wickets while scoring 79 and 162 in the formats, respectively.
A topliner pacer, she has contributed to the team’s World Cup victory thrice- T20 WC in 2014, 2018, and 2020. The all-rounder has also lifted the WBBL trophy twice as part of the Brisbane Heat squad.
“DK should be incredibly proud of her contribution to Australian cricket. She made her international debut at the very young age of 18, took a break from the game and returned to make a huge contribution at all levels,” national selector and high-performance manager Shawn Flegler said speaking on Kimmince’ retirement.
“During that time she developed from a raw fast bowler into a genuine allrounder and has been regarded as one of the best fielders in the world. She’s been a wonderful teammate and an important member of our Ashes- and T20 World Cup-winning squads and we thank her for her outstanding service to the game.”
Darcie Brown earns her first contract after Delissa Kimmince retires
After Delissa Kimmince announced her retirement, it eventually opened doors for youngster Australian quick Darcie Brown.
Brown made her international debut on the recent New Zealand tour. The 18-year old debuted in WBBL aged 17 and gave stumped the batters in just her first game.
The Victoria player can bowl deliveries at a speed of more than 120kph. She has got impressive records in WBBL and WNCL, and selectors perceive her as a long-term player for Australia
“Darcie is an incredibly exciting fast-bowling talent, as we saw on the recent T20I and ODI tour of New Zealand, and she has consistently been the fastest bowler in the country as shown by our testing around the states,”
Cricket Australia contracted players for 2021-22: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.