Alex Blackwell, Australian women’s cricketer, announced stepping away from all forms of cricket.
The phenomenal cricketer took retirement from international duty two years ago and this Wednesday, Blackwell decided to put an end to her cricket career for good.
After her international retirement, Blackwell continued to represent Sydney Thunder, but now she has decided to retire after Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), marking it her 19th and final domestic season.
“I’d decided before the match that I was going to retire. It’s got to come to an end at some point,” Blackwell said.
Blackwell had a lot to say about her cricket career: “I’ve been really happy with mentoring out in the middle. I had an opportunity against the Stars to bat with Phoebe Litchfield and Saskia Horley. It was good to talk to them about what the good options were to go to – and to help clarify in their minds what was on, and where to back themselves.”
“There’s been many highlights, but what’s been really cool is watching the next generation of Thunder players grabbing their opportunities. It’s been very special to be a part of that – I’m really satisfied.”
“I thought the WBBL was an amazing competition to be a part of and decided I could go again – and I’m pleased I did. It’s been good fun, and I’ve enjoyed supporting Rachael Haynes because I think she’s led the team very well.”
Blackwell has captained her team to the 2010 World Cup and holds the record for scoring more than 5,000 runs for her country.
Captaining the NSW team, Blackwell has claimed 14 Women’s National Cricket Leagues with the Breakers. Also, she has been Breakers’ leading run-scorer marking 11 centuries and 30 half-centuries.
Blackwell, continuing the spree of setting records, has also become the first woman in 160 years to serve as a member of the Cricket NSW board.