Kristen Beams, former Australia leg-spinner, will bid adieu to domestic cricket following her final season of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) with Melbourne Stars and Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) with Victoria.
“We’ve got a big season ahead and I wanted to be up front about my plans for the future,” Beams said on Thursday (September 19). “The competitive fire still burns bright in me and I’m looking forward to kicking off the WNCL season this weekend and preparing for the upcoming WBBL season with the Stars.”
A veteran of 30 ODIs and 18 T20Is, the 34-year-old has 62 international wickets under her belt that includes two four-fers in ODIs. She also played her only Test during the 2015 Ashes series in England.
Beams was part of Australia team that settled as runners-up at the ICC Women’s World T20 in 2016 and semi-finalists at the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017.
She has been part of the Stars line-up since the inception of the WBBL in 2015, even captaining the side for two years, before Elyse Villani was announced as skipper for the fifth season. She spend a large amount of last season on the sidelines recovering from a ruptured achilles. Following an intense rehabilitation, Beams returned to the set up with a player of the match performance.
The leg-spinner has been named as part of the Victoria squad that will take on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Sunday, before meeting the New South Wales (NSW) Breakers on Tuesday int he first round of the WNCL.
She will then embark on her final cricketing journey with Melbourne Stars. The team will open its campaign against Hobart Hurricanes on October 19.