“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,” Katherine Brunt.
Veteran England pacer Katherine Brunt announced her Test retirement on Saturday (June 18) while she will be available for selection in the limited overs format. Brunt, who played in 14 Tests, took five wickets three times, taking 51 wickets at an average of 21.52.
Brunt finished his Test career as the third-highest wicket-taker for England and is one of only 10 bowlers to have taken 50 or more wickets in the format. Brunt made his Test debut in 2004 against New Zealand and took three wickets in the game. He achieved his first half-century against Australia in 2005, taking nine wickets in total, while also scoring his only half-century in that game. He last took eight wickets in the match in the only Ashes Test earlier this year in Canberra, including a half-century in the first innings.
“I think as an athlete there’s never a clear time to step away from doing the job you love. But the thoughts of retirement have popped up more and more in the last two years, so I’ve made a Have made a smart decision. More than an emotional one. Test cricket is my absolute passion and retiring from this format was a really heartbreaking choice, but it allowed me to prefer white-ball cricket.” Brunt said.
“I know I leave it in a great place, the incoming bowlers are ready and they are just itching to let loose. And with South Africa’s game around the corner, I look forward to seeing them.” Best seat in the house,” she said.
England Women’s Director of Cricket Jonathan Finch said: “Katherine’s passion and commitment has never been more evident than playing Test cricket for England and you only have to see her last Ashes Test to see her desire, her heart and her undoubted potential. Need Red ball in hand.
“She has given everything for England women in Test cricket and we fully support her decision to focus on white-ball cricket on the international stage. Katherine can leave the red ball behind knowing that she there is a true legend in that form of the game. And he has set standards that only generations to come can aspire to.”
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