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Anya Shrubsole with her MBE, June 2018 / Picture Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Anya Shrubsole with her MBE, June 2018 / Picture Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Anya Shrubsole announced her decision to retire from the England cricket team this morning after being part of the squad for 14 years.

The 30-year-old had a very successful time in the Three Lions set up as she helped the side win two World Cups – in Australia in 2009 and in England in 2017 – and just last month, she made her final appearance in the final of the World Cup in New Zealand where she was denied her third trophy by Australia who won the tournament.

The right armed bowler joined the international squad at just 16 years old and was very quickly integrated into the team.

Cut to 14 years later and she played in 173 matches, achieved a wicket tally on 227 and to this day still holds the England record for the most wickets taken in T20 cricket.

“I feel immensely privileged to have been able to represent my country for the past 14 years,” Shrubsole said when announcing her retirement.

“To have been involved in women’s cricket at a time of such growth has been an honour but it has become clear to me that it is moving forward faster that I can keep up with, so it is time for me to step away.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be lucky enough to play for England for so long, I’d have been happy with one game.”

England Cricket took to Twitter to thank Shrubsole for her contributions to the game, they said: “Congrats and thank you for everything you have done for English cricket.”

But Shrubsole isn’t stepping away from the game for good as she’s still going to be playing domestically for Berkshire.

Written by Lucy Roberts for Female First, who you can follow on Twitter, @Lucy_Roberts_72.

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Post source: Female First

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