'I'll be back stronger than ever' - Alex Hartley pens emotional post following decision of 'indefinite break' from cricket

Hartley labelled her decision to walk away from the game as the 'hardest decision' of her life.

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England's 2017 World Cup-winning star Alex Hartley, who has decided to take an indefinite break from cricket, labelled it as the 'hardest decision' of her life. She revealed the decision to take a break from the game she adores on her 'BBC No Balls' Podcast on Friday. 

The left-arm spinner who made her debut for the national team in 2016, was an integral part of the English side that lifted the World Cup Trophy in 2017 after beating India at Lord's in 2017. Although she has not featured for the national team since March 2019, Hartley has been an ever-present figure in the North West Thunder team on the domestic front.

"Stepping away from cricket has been the hardest decision I've ever made. Doing it for this little girl who fell in love with the game. Doesn't mean it's over, I have absolutely no doubt I'll be back stronger than ever. Thank you for all the messages, they mean the world," The 29-year-old's tweet read.

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Stepping away from cricket has been the hardest decision I’ve ever made. Doing it for this little girl who fell in love with the game ❤️ Doesn’t mean it’s over, I have absolutely no doubt I’ll be back stronger than ever. Thank you for all the messages, they mean the world 🫶🏼
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Hartley, who shared her childhood pictures in an emotional post, announced her decision to step away from the game on the podcast she co-hosts with Thunder teammate and compatriot Kate Cross. The 29-year-old cricketer revealed struggling mentally for the last few months after falling out of love with cricket. 

"I've stepped away and it might be for a month and it might be forever. I'm not putting a timeline on it because I don't know how I'm going to feel tomorrow or the day after. I have felt like a different person, I have felt flat and I've not felt like that bubbly character that I normally am and that person that is excited to go to cricket," Hartley said on her podcast.

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