Anya Shrubsole, who won the Women’s World Cup twice and the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup for England, has decided to retire from the sport after an illustrious career spanning 14 years.
During England’s march to the final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, Shrubsole (30) collected nine wickets while posting a bowling average of 29.66. Her finest performance came in the championship match against Australia, when England was defeated by 71 runs and she had figures of 3/46. This was her best showing of the tournament.
The pacer will continue to compete in domestic cricket competitions such as The Hundred, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, and the Charlotte Edwards Cup.
Shrubsole issued a statement in which she explained her choice and added, “I feel tremendously honoured to have been able to represent my country for the past 14 years.” She made the announcement after making her decision public. It has been an honor for me to be involved in women’s cricket during a period of such expansion; yet, it has become abundantly evident to me that the sport is advancing at a pace at which I am unable to keep up with it, and it is thus time for me to move away from it.
“Even in my wildest fantasies, I could never have imagined that I would have the opportunity to play for England for such a long period of time; honestly, I would have been satisfied with just one game.” There have been many highs and lows along the journey, but it has been well worth it to be able to say that we lifted the ICC Women’s World Cup at Lord’s in 2017.”
Shrubsole also expressed her appreciation to her family for their unwavering support all the way through her lengthy and successful career
“I have been helped by a great number of people along the way, and I want to thank them all for everything they have done. However, the unwavering support of my family has been the most important factor in my ability to succeed, and I want to thank them all for everything they have done. They have been there for me every step of the way, and I genuinely do not know how I would have gotten through it without their support.”
In 2008, during England’s limited-overs home series against South Africa, the Somerset native was selected for the England team for the very first time. On her Twenty20 International debut, she took three wickets and helped England win the match. A year later, she was selected to play for England in the Twenty20 World Cup that was held at home and England won the tournament.
Over the course of the following decade, Shrubsole established herself as a key member of the team’s fast bowling attack, working in tandem with Katherine Brunt.
She is the only England bowler to have done so to this day, and she has done so in both Women’s ODIs and Women’s T20 Internationals. Overall, she has taken 106 wickets in 86 one-day internationals, 102 in 79 twenty-over internationals, and 19 scalps from eight tests, including a career-best 7/99 in the Ashes Test that was played in Perth in 2014.
She finished with 13 wickets at a strike rate of 7.53 during England’s run to the Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014, which earned her the title of Player of the Tournament and earned England a spot in the tournament.
Her most memorable moment in international cricket occurred in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 final against India at Lord’s, where she pulled off an incredible turnaround to help England win their fourth World Cup.
India was in a good position during their run-chase of 229 at 3/191 when Shrubsole started a dramatic collapse that saw them lose seven wickets for 28 runs in the span of six overs. England managed to win by nine runs, and Shrubsole’s bowling figures of 6/46 will go down as the best in a Women’s World Cup final.
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