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Alex Blackwell has retired as Australia’s maximum capped participant in ODIs and T20Is © Getty
Australia’s maximum capped feminine participant, Alex Blackwell, known as time on her international and state profession on Monday(February 19), after that includes in 251 video games throughout all 3 codecs together with her debut courting again to an ODI in 2003. Blackwell, although, showed that she is going to proceed to play within the Women’s Big Bash the place she has been main Sydney Thunder for the reason that inaugural version.
In a embellished profession that spanned 15 years on the best stage, Blackwell scored 5250 runs – 3492 in ODIs, 1314 in T20Is and 444 in Tests – whilst being considered one of seven Australian batters to have greater than 1000 T20I runs. Blackwell additionally led Australia to their maiden World T20 name in 2010, and was once part of their successful campaigns in 2012 and 2014. She performed crucial function when Australia gained the World Cup in 2005 and 2013.
“Alex has been a wonderful servant to Australian Cricket, and a tremendous leader both at national and international level, and we congratulate her on an outstanding career that has spanned more than 16 years,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland stated. “She was once a skilled cricketer – a fierce competitor, hard-working and way more steadily than no longer, a winner – Alex performed an instrumental function within the dominance of each the Australian and New South Wales groups during the last decade.
“Having reinvented herself within the shorter codecs of the sport in more moderen years, Alex leaves the sport as Australia’s maximum capped feminine participant, having grow to be the primary Australian lady to play 200 video games for her nation, and sitting 2nd and 3rd in relation to runs scored within the T20 and ODI codecs for Australia.”
Blackwell, who performs for New South Wales within the Women’s National Cricket League, may have one ultimate likelihood to steer the facet within the ultimate, in opposition to Western Australia subsequent Saturday, because the facet makes an attempt to win its 19th name from the 22 editions performed.
Blackwell’s retirement additionally approach the tip of an generation in Australian girls’s cricket. Known to be a voice for equality, Blackwell was once at the leading edge of a sea of adjustments in girls’s cricket, bringing about an higher pay and professionalism of their sport. Since her debut, she performed all of Australia’s 12 Tests, 144 of 165 ODIs and 95 of 101 T20Is.
“We are very fortunate to have had Alex and her dual sister Kate each constitute Australia over a time frame, with the pair taking part in in lots of successful groups in combination at nationwide and state stage for New South Wales,” Sutherland added. “There’s unquestionably Alex will probably be overlooked however she will have to be extremely pleased with what she has accomplished and the best way she has competed on all phases, and we would like her all of the best possible for the long run forward.”