The veteran England pacer, Katherine Brunt has announced her retirement from the longest format of cricket on Saturday to focus completely on limited-overs formats. Brunt who featured in 14 Tests have ended her Test career on a high note by scalping 51 wickets at an average of 21.52 with three five-wicket hauls.
She finished her career as the third-highest wicket-taker for England & is one among the 10 bowlers to scalp more than 50 wickets in the Test format. Brunt made her Test debut against New Zealand in 2004 & scalped three wickets in her debut match. She registered her maiden five-wicket haul against Australia in 2005 where she scalped a total of nine wickets & scored her maiden & only fifty which helped England to win the Ashes for the first time in 42 years. She last featured in the lone Ashes Test earlier in 2022 in Canberra, finishing the match with eight wickets in her kitty, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
“I feel like as an athlete there is never an obvious time to step away from doing the thing that you love. But over the past two years thoughts of retirement have surfaced more and more, so I’ve decided to make a smart decision rather than an emotional one. Test cricket is my absolute passion and to retire from this format was truly a heartbreaking choice to make, but it allows me to prioritize white-ball cricket,” Brunt said.
“I know that I leave it in a great place, the bowlers coming through are ready and they’re just itching to be let loose. And with the South Africa game around the corner, I’m very much looking forward to watching them from the best seat in the house,” she said.
Jonathan Finch, Director of England Women’s cricket, added, “Katherine’s passion and commitment were never more evident than when she played Test cricket for England and you only need to watch the last Ashes Test to see her desire, her heart, and her undoubted ability with the red ball in hand.
“She has given everything for England Women in Test cricket and we are fully supportive of her decision to focus on white-ball cricket on the international stage. Katherine can leave the red ball behind knowing she is a true legend in that form of the game and that she has set standards that future generations can only aspire to.”
Katherine Brunt’s decision to retire from Test format means she will not feature in England’s one-off Test with South Africa Women at Taunton, commencing on June 27. This one-off Test marks their first four-day match since 2003. After the one-off Test against South Africa, England Women will lock horns with South Africa and India in bilateral white-ball series followed by Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Brunt is England’s leading women’s ODI wicket-taker behind Anya Shrubsole who retired from international cricket earlier this year. Both the retired players will next feature in the Hundred 2022, which will immediately begin after the end of the Commonwealth games.
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