Green­way ends Eng­land days

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Kent and Eng­land bats­man Ly­dia Green­way has an­nounced her re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional cricket.

Af­ter mak­ing her Eng­land de­but in the 2003 Ashes tour to Aus­tralia, Green­way went on to rep­re­sent her coun­try a fur­ther 224 times, win­ning 14 Test caps mak­ing 126 ODI ap­pear­ances and play­ing 85 T20 in­ter­na­tion­als.

The mid­dle-or­der bats­man hit more than 4,000 in­ter­na­tional runs and was widely re­garded as one of the best field­ers in the world, tak­ing 121 in­ter­na­tional catches.

Dur­ing her 13-year Eng­land ca­reer, Green­way won the Women’s Ashes four times and was also an im­por­tant part of Eng­land’s vic­to­ri­ous 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup and ICC Women’s World T20 squads.

Green­way said: “Dur­ing re­cent dis­cus­sions with Mark Robin­son about his fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing new play­ers against Pak­istan this sum­mer, it be­came clear that my in­volve­ment with the Eng­land team might be lim­ited mov­ing for­wards.

“While in the past I have been in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion and have fought for my place, I now feel that at this stage in my life, it’s time to take a step back and re­tire from in­ter­na­tional cricket with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, al­low­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers to de­velop on the world stage.”

She added: “I feel priv­i­leged to have rep­re­sented Eng­land for 13 years and am proud of what I have achieved dur­ing this time.

“How­ever, the suc­cess of the team and the peo­ple I have played with is what will make the mem­o­ries so spe­cial.”

Pic­ture: Ady Kerry

Ly­dia Green­way

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