Arran Brindle Announces Retirement
England all-rounder Arran Brindle has announced her retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end a career that spanned almost 15 years.
She first played for her country in 1999, going on to play 11 Tests, 88 One-Day Internationals and 35 Twenty20 Internationals.
She took a five-year break between 2006 and 2011 to start a family, returning to add Ashes victories in 2013 and 2014 to her earlier success in 2005.
In 2002, Brindle struck a partnership of 200 with Caroline Atkins against India in Lucknow which was then the record for an opening stand in Women's ODIs and in 2009 she became the first women to score a century in ECB Premier League cricket while playing for Louth.
In 2005, Brindle hit 54 and 101 not out in the first Ashes Test, which was drawn, and then helped them win the second Test by six wickets as they won the Women's Ashes for the first time in 42 years.
She was also heavily involved in the multi-format Ashes series wins last year in England and earlier this year in Australia, where she scored 244 runs in the seven matches.
"Nothing will ever match the feeling of pulling on my England shirt, but the time feels right to move on with my career at Greenwich House School and to spend more time at home with my family," Brindle said.
"I will forever cherish the highs and lows of playing cricket for England. My fondest and proudest memories are undoubtedly of our battles against Australia, especially victory in 2005, regaining the Women’s Ashes after 42 years.
"Having taken part in five Ashes series, I feel incredibly proud to walk away having won three, with the last two being contested over the innovative multi-format arrangement.
"The most recent win in Australia has to be the biggest highlight, in particular, the immense team effort to win the Test in Perth.
"My return to international cricket in 2011, after a five year break, involved my family being allowed to travel with me.
"This was a first for the England women's cricket team and is something for which I cannot thank the ECB, my team mates and the coaching staff enough for.
"Representing your country is the ultimate prize, but being able to share it so closely with my husband and son has been incredible.
"The players and staff have been totally supportive in helping me to juggle family life, teaching and playing international cricket.
"Clare Connor, Paul Shaw and Charlotte Edwards have created a very special world class environment within the England women's set-up.
"With the exciting news at the end of last week that the women's game will now be turning professional at an international level, I wish everyone involved every success in Bangladesh at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 next month, and for the future.
"The ground-breaking support from the ECB will hopefully enable them to achieve even more success.
"Finally, I would like to thank my parents, family and friends for their support which has enabled me to be part of such a fantastic journey with the England women's cricket team."
Paying tribute to Brindle's career, ECB Head of England Women's Cricket Clare Connor said that the all-rounder will be missed.
"Arran will be sorely missed," she began.
"A true professional, an awesome athlete, a brave batsman, a dynamic fielder and a genuine team player in every sense, Arran has given her all to the England women's cricket team.
"We all know that this has been an agonising decision for Arran, but it is wholly respected as she embarks on the next stage of her teaching career.
"We wish her every success and happiness and thank her for her commitment and passion to the England women's cricket team."
Brindle ends her career having scored 2,852 runs across all formats, taken 57 wickets and held 58 catches.
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