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England World Cup winner Laura Marsh retires

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England’s World Cup-winning team member Laura Marsh retired from all forms of cricket on Wednesday.

Marsh had decided to retire from international cricket last December and took the call to quit all forms now after the inaugural season of The Hundred was postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“I have made the decision to retire from all forms of cricket. With the cancellation of The Hundred competition this year, I feel that it is the right time to hang up the boots. I want to say a huge thank you to all the teams and organisations I have represented over the years,” she said on Twitter.

“I owe a huge amount to both Kent & Sussex for the role they played in my development as a player. Big thanks also to The Surrey Stars, Sydney Sixers, NSW Breakers and Otago Sparks. Every team I played for developed me as a player and a person and I am fortunate to have made some lifelong friends and memories over the years. I am excited for the next chapter and look forward to giving back to the game that has given me so much.”

– Laura Marsh
Source: Kent Cricket

Laura Marsh born in Pembury, Kent began playing cricket at 11 and started her career as a medium pace bowler but found greater success when she switched to off spin. She played county cricket for Kent Women, represents the Rubies and made her Test debut against India in 2006.

After making her debut for in 2006 she went on to become the most successful English spinner in the history of women’s cricket by picking 217 wickets in her career. She has represented England in 9 Tests, 103 ODI’s and 67 T20I’s. She played a important role in England’s 2009 &2017 Women’s ODI World Cup having finished as England’s highest wicket taker in the 2009 World cup win grabbing 16 wickets and was also part of England’s T20 World Cup win in 2017.

Source: Old Brightonians

Marsh made her debut for the Kent Women’s team in 2003 before moving to Sussex in 2011. She also played for the Surrey Stars and took part in Australia’s Big Bash League.

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