Kristen Beams, the leg-spinner, in action for Melbourne Stars. © Getty Images

Kristen Beams, Australia’s leg-spinner, announced her decision to hang her boots from all forms of cricket on Sunday (December 1). She last played for Australia in October 2017.

Beams represented the country in a Test, 30 ODIs and 18 T20Is, picking up 62 wickets in all, after making her international debut in August 2014. Her best effort in an ODI with the ball was a four for 15 against Sri Lanka in 2016, which she followed with another four-fer against the same opposition five days later.

She also played for Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League for five years, captaining them for two years as well. She their second-highest wicket-taker with 37 scalps to her name. She is also their second-most capped player (44) behind Alana King (55).

“We congratulate Kristen on a terrific career both for Australia and her adopted home state of Victoria and are so grateful for the contribution she has made on and off the field,” said Kevin Roberts, CEO of Cricket Australia, wishing her the best for the future.

“She’s been a wonderful ambassador of the game, always willing to go the extra mile to inspire the next generation of cricketers as well as having had a significant impact in the all abilities space. Kristen has held a number of off-field roles within cricket and we hope to see her face around the game for years to come.”

The Lauceston-born 35-year-old represented Victoria in domestic cricket for 14 years and also captained them in the Women’s National Cricket League.

“I’d like to thank Kristen for her outstanding contribution to Victorian cricket for more than a decade. From playing for Australia and Victoria to captaining the Stars to her work at local level through Essendon Maribyrnong Park, Kristen has typified the best aspects of our game,” said Andrew Ingleton, CEO of Cricket Victoria.

“She continues to be an outstanding ambassador for cricket. Kristen will always be welcome at CV and while we will miss her passion and leadership, I am confident she will make a great impact in whatever she chooses to do next.”

The leg-spinner also played in the 2016 World T20 and the 2017 Women’s World Cup, picking up six and 12 wickets in them respectively. She had said earlier that the current season would be her last one.

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