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Kristen Beams

Kristen Beams calls stumps on playing career

Australia news

Australia leg-spinner Kristen Beams called time on her playing career after featuring in her final match in the ongoing season of the Women's Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars on Sunday, 1 December.

Beams had represented Australia in one Test, 30 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 Internationals, taking 62 wickets. She made her first international appearance in 2014 in an ODI against Pakistan in Brisbane. 

The 35-year-old was a part of the Melbourne Stars outfit in the WBBL since the inception of the tournament and had also captained them in the third and fourth editions. She played for Stars in their final WBBL encounter this season against Brisbane Heat on Sunday. Stars lost the match by eight wickets after it was reduced 10 overs per side due to rain. Beams bowled just one over, conceding 14 runs off it and did not take a wicket.

To see the WBBL grow from the first year of competition to what it is now has been a fantastic journey.

Kristen Beams

"We congratulate Kristen on a terrific career both for Australia and her adopted home state of Victoria and are so grateful for the contribution she has made on and off the field," said Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts.

"She’s been a wonderful ambassador of the game, always willing to go the extra mile to inspire the next generation of cricketers as well as having had a significant impact in the all abilities space.

"Kristen has held a number of off-field roles within cricket and we hope to see her face around the game for years to come.

"We thank Kristen for her service to cricket and wish her all the best for the future."

Originally from Tasmania, Beams moved to Victoria to work on her cricket career and went on to represent them for 14 years. She made her last international appearance in 2017 and has since only featured in WBBL and the Women’s National Cricket League.

"I've loved the last five years with the Melbourne Stars and being part of the Stars family," Beams said. "To see the WBBL grow from the first year of competition to what it is now has been a fantastic journey. I'd like to thank the Melbourne Stars for their support. I'm really proud of the club and what it represents, and I wish them well for the future."

Earlier this week, Beams' former Australia teammate and Sydney Thunder's star player, Alex Blackwell, also announced her retirement from all forms of cricket.

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