England’s Katherine Brunt retires from Test cricket, will carry on playing ODIs and T20 internationals

English bowler Katherine Brunt: “Test cricket is my absolute passion and pulling myself out of this format was really a heartbreaking decision, but it allows me to prioritize bowling cricket. I know I’ll leave it in a great place.”

Katherine Brunt made her Test debut in 2004 and played 51 times for England in the format.

English seamstress Katherine Brunt has made the “heartbreaking” decision to withdraw from the test cricket but will continue to play one-day and T20 internationals.

The 36-year-old is England’s women’s third leading wicket winner in the Tests, having taken 51 scalps in 14 games, including three five-wicket draws and a top 6-69 win over Australia in Worcester in 2009.

Brown, who made his Test debut in 2004, took eight wickets in the Ashes Test which was drawn in Australia this winter and went 5-60 in the first round and 3-24 in the second.

In just his third game, at Worcester in August 2005, Brown took nine wickets in two innings and made half a century when England regained Women’s Ashes for the first time since 1963.

Brown said: “I feel that as an athlete there is never an obvious time to stop doing what you love.

Brown took eight wickets in his final Test – the Ashes Drawn clash against Australia during the winter

“But over the last two years, thoughts of retirement have come up more and more, so I have decided to make a smart decision rather than an emotional one.

“Test cricket is my absolute passion and pulling myself out of this format was really a heartbreaking decision, but it allows me to prioritize the ball cricket.

“I know I’ll leave it in a great place, the bowlers who come are ready and eager to drop it!

“With the South African match just around the corner, I really look forward to seeing them from the best place in the house.”

In the bowling cricket for England, Brunt has taken 167 wickets in 140 ODIs, and 98 wickets in 96 T20 internationals.

Jonathan Finch, head of England Women’s Cricket, said: “Katherine’s passion and commitment was never more obvious than when she played Test cricket for England.

The 36-year-old will continue to play cue ball cricket for England.

“You just have to look at the last Ashes Test to see his desire, his heart and his undoubted ability with the red ball in his hand.

“She has given her all for England’s women in Test cricket and we fully support her decision to focus on cue ball cricket on the international stage.

“Katherine can leave the red ball behind with the knowledge that she is a true legend in that form of the game and that she has set standards that future generations can only strive for.”

England kicks off their summer program with a test match against South Africa in Taunton (June 27-30) before playing against the Proteas in three ODIs and as many T20 internationals.

Heather Knight’s team will then compete in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which will be an eight-team T20 tournament, before concluding their campaign in September with three ODIs and three T20 internationals against India.

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