England wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor has announced her retirement from international cricket.
The 30-year-old, who debuted in 2006, represented England in 10 Tests, 126 ODIs and 90 T20Is, last featuring in the Women’s Ashes in July.
“Playing for England and getting to wear the shirt for so long has been a dream come true and I have been blessed with so many great moments throughout my career,” Taylor said in a statement.
Taylor had been battling anxiety for the last few years, and was ruled out of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018, before making a return to international cricket earlier this year.
JUST IN: Triple world champion Sarah Taylor has announced her retirement from international cricket.— ICC (@ICC) September 27, 2019
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However, the condition forced her to move away from international cricket, truncating a glittering career where she was the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year thrice, and the 2014 Women’s ODI cricketer of the year, while also being part of the ICC Women’s World Cup-winning team in 2017 and 2009, and the Women's World T20-winning team in 2009.
“This has been a tough decision but I know it's the right one, for me and for my health moving forward. I can't thank my teammates enough, both past and present, and the ECB for being supporters and friends along my journey.
"To wear the shirt for so long has been a dream come true." #ThankYouSarah ❤️🦁🏏— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 27, 2019
"From making my debut in 2006, to Ashes wins, and of course the World Cup final at Lord's, to name just a few. I've also been blessed with travelling the world and making lifelong friends along the way.
“To be right in the thick of women's cricket as it's gone from strength to strength – not only in England, but across the world – has been an amazing experience, and I can look back on what women's cricket has achieved with great pride at playing some small part in it.
“I am extremely proud of my career. I leave with my head held high and with excitement for what my future holds and what my next chapter brings.”