Cricket : International retirement by Lisa Sthalekar
Newly-crowned ICC Women’s World Cup champion and Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars contracted player Lisa Sthalekar has today announced her retirement from international cricket.
The Australian all-rounder’s announcement follows the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ ICC Women’s World Cup finals win in India in the early hours of this morning, beating the West Indies by 114 runs. In her final match for Australia, Sthalekar took 2-20 and wrapped up the win with a fine catch to dismiss the last West Indian batter.
Sthalekar made her international debut in 2001 in a One Day International (ODI) match against England. She went on to play for Australia in eight Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 Women’s T20 International matches.
The talented all-rounder has made a name for herself with both the bat and ball throughout her career. She has amassed a total of 416 Test runs, 2728 ODI runs and 769 T20 INTL runs. Her bowling statistics are equally impressive, having claimed 23 wickets at Test level, 146 at ODI level and 60 in T20 INTL matches. She was the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs.