Laura Marsh announces retirement from international cricket

Laura Marsh, England off-spinner, announced her retirement from international cricket, on Monday (December 16).

The 33-year-old, who played for England for close to 13 years, made her debut versus India in August 2006. She played a key role in England's victorious 50-over World Cup campaign in 2009, picking up 16 scalps at a stellar average of 10.25, which included a five-for against Pakistan. Incidentally, she was also one of the surviving five players from the 2009 World Cup campaign, who went on to repeat the feat in 2017 by hoisting the trophy at home.

Marsh also was part of England's successful Ashes campaigns in 2008 and 2009 alongside the triumphant World T20 squad in 2009. Marsh, who began as a medium pacer before switching over to off-spin, finished her career with a rich haul of 217 international wickets.

"Her record ranks amongst the very best bowlers in the history of our game but the stats are only one part of her impact," Clare Connor, the ECB's Managing Director, Women's Cricket. "She'll be remembered by those who have played with her and worked with her for her kindness, her loyalty and her relentless desire to improve. Laura was softly spoken but fiercely determined to play her part for the team.

"Not many cricketers in the world have won three World Cups, and these are wonderful memories that Laura takes into retirement with her. She's been the complete team player and a role model for England women's cricket and she will be missed."

Marsh was a part of England's set-up during the Ashes in July this year, where she represented the side across the three formats of the game. She proved to be successful in the one-off Test and in the five-match ODI series. However, she couldn't make an impact in the T20Is she played, ending without a scalp in the rubber. Subsequently, she was dropped from England's ongoing ODI and T20I series versus Pakistan.