Jodie Fields Announces Retirement
Former Australian captain Jodie Fields has announced her retirement from international cricket, ending a career in which she led the side to two global titles.
The wicket-keeper took charge of the Australia side in 2009 and was at the helm as they won the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2012 and Women's World Cup in 2013.
She was unlucky to miss the victorious ICC Women's World Twenty20 campaign in 2010 due to injury.
"It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to represent my country," Fields said.
"I feel that this is the right time for me to retire from international cricket. I’ve been really lucky and proud to be able to represent Australia for as long as I have and to have been a part of some amazing and successful teams.
"There is nothing I loved more than pulling on my Australian jersey and running onto the field with my teammates. The friendships and memories will stay with me forever.
"No doubt the highlights of my international career were captaining the side to two World Cup wins within the space of six months and I particularly enjoyed the challenges of Test cricket. None of it would have been possible without hard work and dedication from everyone involved.
Paying tribute to Fields, Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards added:
"I’d like to congratulate Jodie on a successful international career and thank her for her immense contribution to women’s cricket at all levels of the game.
"Jodie has been a passionate and committed member of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars for eight years, and as a dual World Cup winning captain, she sits in elite company in the history of Australian cricket.
"Two of my highlights as CA Chairman have been watching Jodie lead team to the 2013 Women’s World Cup in India and 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
"Jodie’s on-field achievements are a testament to her exemplary work ethic off the field and the Southern Stars’ sustained success over the years, which have inspired many talented young females across the country to watch and play cricket."
Fields, who made her international debut in 2006 and played four Tests, 67 One-Day Internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals.
Her mark of 58 matches as captain puts her second on the list (alongside her predecessor Karen Rolton) behind Belinda Clark, who captained 113 times.
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