Friday 9 July 2010 

Isa Guha Recalled As Shaw Announces Retirement

Isa Guha Recalled As Shaw Announces Retirement
Isa Guha Recalled As Shaw Announces Retirement
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Right-arm pace bowler Isa Guha has been handed a recall by England just a day ahead of their opening One-Day International against New Zealand Women following the international retirement of former vice-captain Nicky Shaw.

Shaw has decided to end her involvement with the national team following ten years of selection. In a statement released by the England & Wales Cricket Board, she said:

"I have played cricket for England for ten years. Whilst I have enjoyed my time playing, I feel it is now time to retire from the international game ahead of my move to Australia."

Shaw made her ODI debut  in 1999 and her Test debut two years later and will be fondly remembered by England fans after she took four for 34 and was in the middle when the winning runs were hit in England's 2009 World Cup over New Zealand in Australia.

She had only been told she was due to play moments before the match after Jenny Gunn was ruled out due to injury. Shaw then went on to play in all five matches as England were ICC Women's World Twenty20 champions at Lord's four months later.

She played five Tests, 70 ODIs and 22 Twenty20 Internationals in all, scoring 484 runs in all international cricket and taking 76 wickets.

Guha, also a World Cup winner in Australia, was left out of the squad for the unsuccessful defence of the World Twenty20 earlier this year, and last played for England in February when England toured India.

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