England Women Pacer Katherine Brunt Announced Test Retirement

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Katherine Brunt(Image: ECB)

Katherine Brunt Retirement: England women pacer Katherine Brunt announced her Test retirement on June 18 and confirms that she will continue to be available for selection in the limited-overs formats.

Katherine Brunt Announced Test Retirement

Katherine Brunt made her Test debut on August 21, 2004 against New Zealand while she played her last match against Australia on January 27, 2022.

Brunt has played 14 test matches and bagged 51 wickets which include three five-wicket hauls. READ: England Women Cricketers Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt Tie the Knot

“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, so I’ve decided to make a smart decision rather than an emotional one.

Test cricket is my absolute passion and to retire from this format was truly a heartbreaking choice to make, but it allows me to prioritize white-ball cricket,” Brunt said.

“I know that I leave it in a great place, the bowlers coming through are ready and they’re just itching to be let loose. And with the South Africa game around the corner, I’m very much looking forward to watching them from the best seat in the house,” she said.

Jonathan Finch, Director of England Women’s cricket, added: “Katherine’s passion and commitment was never more evident than when she played Test cricket for England and you only need to watch the last Ashes Test to see her desire, her heart and her undoubted ability with the red ball in hand.

“She has given everything for England Women in Test cricket and we are fully supportive of her decision to focus on white-ball cricket on the international stage. Katherine can leave the red ball behind knowing she is a true legend in that form of the game and that she has set standards that future generations can only aspire to.”

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