Australia's most capped female cricketer Alex Blackwell has decided to draw curtains on her playing career after the ongoing season of Women's Big Bash League. The 36-year old, earlier announced her international retirement in February last year after 251 appearances. The decision to retire was announced by Blackwell after her last game against Melbourne Stars were she scored a impressive 47-ball 65.
"I'd decided before the match that I was going to retire," she said. "It's got to come to an end at some point. There's been many highlights, but what's been really cool [this season] is watching the next generation of Thunder players grabbing their opportunities. It's been very special to be a part of that – I'm really satisfied." "I've been really happy with mentoring out in the middle. I had an opportunity against the Stars to bat with [16-year-old] Phoebe Litchfield and Saskia Horley. It was good to talk to them about what the good options were to go to - and to help clarify in their minds what was on, and where to back themselves."
The Australian Women's team paid a fitting tribute to the departing legend on their official Twitter handle. Blackwell, led Australia to the T20 World Cup title in 2010 and Thunder to the WBBL title in the inaugural edition. She is also a member of of the NSW Cricket board becoming the first woman in the 160-year history of the organisation to do so.
What a magnificent, 18-year career it's been for @AlexBlackwell2!— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) November 28, 2019
🔹 12 Tests, 144 ODIs, 95 T20s - Australia's most capped woman.
🔹 Captained Australia to its first ever T20 World Cup victory
🔹 Highest run scorer for @ThunderBBL
Thanks for all the memories, Alex! pic.twitter.com/Ijz7mGoOtH