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Australian female cricketer Alex Blackwell announces retirement
Sydney, Feb 19 (IBNS): Australia's most-capped female player and vice-captain Alex Blackwell has announced her retirement from international and state cricket.
Blackwell tweeted, " Press conference today at the SCG to announce my retirement. Click link below to listen. Held back the tears... just! Cannot thank Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW enough for the opportunity to play the sport I love at the highest level."
She had made her debut for Australia in a one-day international against England in 2003.
In her career, Alex played 251 matches across all three formats for her country.
As per Cricket Australia website, Blackwell walks away with 5250 international runs to her name: 444 in Tests, 3492 in ODIs and 1314 in T20Is, where she is one of just seven Australians to have scored more than 1000 T20I runs.
The cricketer was part of Australia’s World Cup wins in 2005 and 2013, and captained the Southern Stars to their first World T20 title in the Caribbean in 2010, while also being part of their winning XIs in 2012 and 2014.
"Alex has been a wonderful servant to Australian Cricket, and a tremendous leader both at national and international level, and we congratulate her on an outstanding career that has spanned more than 16 years," Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland was quoted as saying in a statement.
Image: Alex Blackwell Twitter page