Fran Wilson announces retirement from international cricket
England batter Fran Wilson has announced her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. After making her debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka, Wilson had been a vital cog in the England setup over the last decade.
The 29-year-old was a part of the World Cup winning England team in 2017 and has played in one Test, 33 ODIs and 30 T20Is for the country. Wilson last played for England earlier in February this year during the tour of New Zealand. She amassed 837 runs across formats, including two half-centuries in ODIs.
Speaking about her decision, Wilson said that she is incredibly proud to have played for my country for the past ten years. “The time now feels right to step away. I am excited for the challenges that domestic cricket will bring in the next chapter of my playing career,” she said.
“Playing for England pushes you to the limit. I am grateful for the experiences which have made me better, on and off the pitch. The memories I have made with some amazing teams are ones I will always cherish. I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my England journey.”
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Lisa Keightley, the England head coach, said that Wilson had served her country with distinction for over a decade, adding, “she can be very proud of the work she has put in and of what she has achieved.”
Wilson, who is known for her fielding efforts, will continue to play in domestic cricket. She plays for the Sunrisers in Rachael Hey-hoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edwards Cup. In the inaugural edition of The Hundred, Wilson was a part of the Oval Invincibles when they won the championship.
Calling Wilson a ‘real team player’, Keightley said that she enjoyed working with the batter in the England team. “She has such a positive influence on the group. She is very popular. We will really miss having her as part of our team.”
“It is a very difficult decision to retire from international cricket, but our loss will be the domestic game’s gain. Fran has always given everything for England. I know she will continue to do so in domestic cricket,” Keightley concluded.