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Taylor retires from international cricket

8th July 2011 12:12, in Cricket News

England cricketer Claire Taylor today announced her retirement from international cricket.

England cricketer Claire Taylor today announced her retirement from international cricket.

A stalwart of women’s cricket, Taylor represented England in 15 Tests, 126 one-day internationals and 27 Twenty20s in her 14 years with the England team.

During her international career Taylor hit 4101 ODI runs, lifted two World Cups, won the Ashes and was the first woman to be named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year.

2009 was a phenomenal year for Taylor and for the England women’s team which saw Taylor receive an MBE for her achievements in cricket.

The 35-year-old Berkshire batswoman also holds the record for the highest ODI score at Lord’s by a man or women, she hit 156 not out against India in 2006.

Commenting on her decision to retire, Claire Taylor said: “It's the right time mentally and physically for me to step away from the international game.

“Fitting in all the training amid an ever busier working life is becoming unsustainable, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the week. Physically I seem to need to spend more and more time in the gym recovering from injuries rather than training to get fitter. I'm getting old I guess.”

ECB head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “Claire Taylor’s career has yielded some remarkable and unprecedented achievements.

“Her incomparable hunger to always improve, hard work, focus and mental toughness have combined to make her the best batter in the women’s game. Claire has earned the respect of all who have played with her, against her, or who have had the pleasure of watching her.

“Her tour de force was her 76 not out from 53 balls against Australia at the Oval to secure England a place in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009. The power, precision and clinical nature of that innings delivered a message on the biggest stage as to the enormous progress made in the women’s game: new fans and support were won and perceptions were changed.

“As such, Claire should be hugely proud of the part she has played in the journey of the women’s game, and specifically England women’s cricket, during the last 14 years.”

Gunn & Moore managing director said: “We are very proud to have been associated with Claire’s wonderful international career. She has been a wonderful ambassador for cricket and Gunn & Moore. We wish her every success in her future career.”