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Sport Alex Blackwell announces retirement from international cricket

09:27  19 february  2018
09:27  19 february  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell has retired from international and state cricket but will continue to play in the Women's Big Bash League. Not forgotten: Alex Blackwell (centre) is congratulated by teammates after announcing her retirement from NSW and Australian sides.

Alex Blackwell has retired as Australia's most capped player in ODIs and T20Is © Getty. Blackwell 's retirement also means the end of an era in Australian women's cricket .

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Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell has retired from international and state cricket but will continue to play in the Women's Big Bash League.

Blackwell, 34, is Australia's most capped female player, having played 251 matches across all three formats since debuting in a one-day international in 2003.

She finished with 5250 combined runs in Test, one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket, and was only the fourth Australian to break through the 5000-run barrier.

Not forgotten: Alex Blackwell (centre) is congratulated by teammates after announcing her retirement from NSW and Australian sides.© Brendan Esposito Not forgotten: Alex Blackwell (centre) is congratulated by teammates after announcing her retirement from NSW and Australian sides. Alex Blackwell (left) has retired from international and state cricket.© AAP Alex Blackwell (left) has retired from international and state cricket. Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said Blackwell had been a "tremendous leader both at national and international level", having led NSW with aplomb.

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Alex Blackwell , the Australia vice-captain, has announced her retirement from international and state cricket at age 34. She will, however, continue captaining her Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) side, Sydney Thunder.

Alex Blackwell announces retirement from international cricket . Overview of Alex Blackwell ’s career: The 34-year-old Blackwell is the most capped female cricketer representing Australia in 251 matches across all three formats.

"She was a talented cricketer – a fierce competitor, hard-working and far more often than not, a winner – Alex played an instrumental role in the dominance of both the Australian and NSW teams over the last decade," he said.

"Having reinvented herself in the shorter formats of the game in more recent years, Alex leaves the game as Australia's most capped female player, having become the first Australian woman to play 200 games for her country, and sitting second and third in terms of runs scored in the T20 and ODI formats for Australia.

"We are very lucky to have had Alex and her twin sister Kate both represent Australia over a period of time, with the pair playing in many winning teams together at national and state level for NSW. There's no doubt Alex will be missed but she should be incredibly proud of what she has achieved and the way she has competed on all stages and we wish her all the best for the future ahead."

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Alex Blackwell has announced her decision to retire from international cricket after a 15-year run with Australia Women during which she played 12 Tests, 144 one-day internationals and 95 Twenty20 Internationals and became one of the most celebrated players in the world.

Alex Blackwell , the Australia vice-captain, has announced her retirement from international and state cricket at age 34. She will, however, continue captaining her Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) side, Sydney Thunder.

Blackwell also had a stint as Australian captain, leading the side through the 2009 Women's World Cup in Sydney. The hard-hitting middle order batter will continue to play for the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL.

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