England’s Katherine Brunt retires from Test cricket and will continue to play ODIs and T20 internationals | Cricket News


England pitcher Katherine Brunt: “Test cricket is my absolute passion and retiring from that format was truly a heartbreaking choice to make, but it allows me to prioritize white ball cricket. I know I’m leaving it in a great place”

Last update: 06/18/22 11:00

Katherine Brunt made her Test debut in 2004 and played 51 times for England in the format

England couture bowler Katherine Brunt has made the ‘heartbreaking’ decision to step down from Test cricket but will continue to play one-day and T20 internationals.

The 36-year-old is England’s third-best women’s wicket-taker in Tests having won 51 scalps in 14 matches, including three five-wicket runs and a best of 6-69 against Australia at Worcester in 2009 .

Brunt – who made his Test debut in 2004 – took eight wickets in the Ashes Test tie in Australia this winter, claiming 5-60 in the first innings and 3-24 in the second.

In just her third match, at Worcester in August 2005, Brunt took nine wickets in two legs and scored a half-century as England retook the Women’s Ashes for the first time since 1963.

Brunt took eight wickets in his last test – the Ashes' draw against Australia in the winter

Brunt took eight wickets in his last test – the Ashes’ draw against Australia in the winter

Brunt: Test cricket is my absolute passion

Brunt said: “I feel like as an athlete there’s never an obvious time to walk away from doing what you love.

“But over the past two years thoughts of retirement have surfaced more and more, so I decided to make an intelligent decision rather than an emotional one.

“Test cricket is my absolute passion and stepping out of this format was truly a heartbreaking choice to make, but it allows me to prioritize white-ball cricket.

“I know I’m leaving it in a great place, the bowlers coming in are ready and they just can’t wait to be let loose!

“With the game against South Africa coming up, I can’t wait to watch them from the best seat in the house.”

In white-ball cricket for England, Brunt bagged 167 wickets in 140 ODIs as well as 98 wickets in 96 T20 internationals.

The 36-year-old will continue playing white ball cricket for England

The 36-year-old will continue playing white ball cricket for England

Finch: ‘The true legend’ Brunt gave it his all

Jonathan Finch, England Women’s Cricket Manager, said: “Katherine’s passion and commitment was never more evident than when she played Test cricket for England.

“You only have to watch the latest Ashes Test to see his desire, his heart and his undoubted ability with the red ball in his hand.

“She gave her all 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 is a true legend in this form of the game and has set standards that future generations can only aspire to.”




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