England wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor has decided to call it quits from international cricket. Taylor has cited her anxiety issue, which was affecting her game in recent years. The England Cricket Board has recently shared the news in a media release.
“This has been a tough decision but I know it’s the right one, for me and for my health moving forward,” Sarah Taylor said. “I can’t thank my teammates enough, both past and present, and the ECB for being supporters and friends along my journey.”
Taylor made her debut for England in 2006 and has 6,553 international runs in her name. She is second on England Women’s all-time list of run-getters. However, she was more known for her lightning-quick glove-work behind the stumps. She has 232 dismissals in her name, the most in women’s cricket till date.
“Playing for England and getting to wear the shirt for so long has been a dream come true and I have been blessed with so many great moments throughout my career. From making my debut in 2006, to Ashes wins, and of course the World Cup final at Lord’s, to name just a few,” expressed Taylor. “I’ve also been blessed with travelling the world and making lifelong friends along the way.”
However, the veteran also shared that she had enjoyed playing across the world. She was a key player for Surrey Stars in the Kia Super League. She also expressed that her teammates have become “role models on and off the field” and they have been inspiring everyone to take up the sports.
“I am extremely proud of my career. I leave with my head held high and with excitement for what my future holds and what my next chapter brings,” Taylor said.
Taylor played an important role in some of England’s most memorable victories which included the World T20 triumphs in 2009, and the 50-over World Cup win in 2017. She scored 54 and 45 in England’s semi-final and final victories over South Africa and India respectively.