England's Fran Wilson announces retirement from international cricket

England’s Fran Wilson announces retirement from international cricket

She has been part of the England setup for 11 years.

Fran Wilson batting
Fran Wilson batting. (Photo by Gareth Copley – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

Fran Wilson, the 29-year-old English cricketer, has decided to quit international cricket after having a career for 11 years in the sport. She has been quite successful, appearing in three World Cup campaigns for England, one of which was the World Cup-winning campaign at home in 2017. She was even part of the final at Lord’s against India. 

She was well known for her fielding efforts and ability to save the day with the bat. She played one Test, 33 ODIs, and 30 T20Is. With the bat, she scored 468 runs in ODIs, 13 in Tests, and 356 in T20Is. Her best ever score for England came against Pakistan, when she smashed 85 runs from 49 balls in an ODI match in 2019. 

She will be continuing to play in domestic cricket, that is the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy (50 overs), Charlotte Edwards Cup (20 overs), and The Hundred. The official website of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) quoted her as she shared her amazing experience of playing for England. 

Playing for England pushes you to the limit and I’m grateful for the experiences: Fran Wilson

Wilson said, “I feel incredibly proud to have played for my country for the past 10 years and the time now feels right to step away. I am excited for the challenges that domestic cricket will bring in the next chapter of my playing career.” She further said that playing at the highest stage pushes everyone and she is grateful for the experiences. 

“Playing for England pushes you to the limit and I’m grateful for the experiences which have made me better, on and off the pitch. The memories I have made with some amazing teams are ones I will always cherish and I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my England journey,” she added. 

She made her international debut in 2010 during the team’s tour to Sri Lanka at the age of 18. 11 years later, she would be retiring as a champion player who was part of the World Cup-winning team. She appeared for the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred and should continue to play for them in the upcoming seasons.