Three-time World Cup-winner Laura Marsh retires from all forms of cricket

Three-time World Cup-winner Laura Marsh retires from all forms of cricket

Marsh flagged off her ODI career in 2006 as a pacer but chose to move ahead in the capacity of off-spinner

Laura Marsh
Laura Marsh. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

English off-spinner, Laura Marsh who assisted the team to lift women’s World Cup titles twice in the year in 2009, and 2017 has decided to bid farewell to all formats of cricket. Her decision of retirement comes after the postponement of the inaugural edition of Women’s Hundred this year. In the wake of novel COVID-19, the event has been pushed for the next year.

The 33-year-old pacer had already ended her international stint last December but was waiting to feature in the Women’s Hundred. She took to her Twitter handle to announce the news, says it is the right time. Marsh also helped England to lift the Women’s T20 World Cup title in 2009.

“I have made the decision to retire from all forms of cricket,” the tweet by Marsh read. “With the cancellation of The Hundred competition this year, I feel it is the right time to hang up the boots. I want to say a huge thank you to all the teams and organizations I have represented over the years,” she added.

Laura Marsh registered her career-best figures against Pakistan in 2009

Marsh flagged off her ODI career in 2006 as a pacer but chose to move ahead in the capacity of off-spinner. Largely considered as an all-rounder, the 33-year-old made her both ODI and Test debut against India. She was last seen in action in a Test match against Australia in July 2019

During her remarkable career, she scored 151, 682 and 755 runs in Test, ODI and T20 respectively. Her all-time career-best is 5/15 against Pakistan in 2009 Women’s World Cup in Sydney where she finished as tournament’s highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets at 10.31.

All the cricketing events were on halt due to the COVID-19 hiatus, but are returning on track one by one. All the safety measures are also in place. Women’s International cricket has also marked its comeback with T20 game between Germany and Austria, where the latter have registered the victory in the opening match by 82 runs.

The Austrian side is being led by Andrea-Mae Zepeda while Christina Gough is leading the German side. The second and the third T20 matches are scheduled for today at Seabarn Cricket Centre, Lower Austria.