Brunt makes 'heart-breaking choice' to retire from Test cricket

Katherine Brunt makes ‘heart-breaking choice’ to retire from Test cricket as the FIRST bowler to pass 50 wickets for England women in over half a century and decides to focus on white-ball format

  • England women cricket star Katherine Brunt has decided to retire from Test cricket
  • She became the first bowler since the 1970s to total over 50 wickets for England
  • The 36-year-old admitted that it was ‘heart-breaking’ to call it a day on Test cricket
  • Brunt is keen to focus on white-ball cricket as England prepare for a busy summer
  • Heather Knight’s side face South Africa before the Commonwealth Games in July 

Katherine Brunt announced her retirement from Test cricket on Saturday.

The 36-year-old became the first bowler since the 1970s to pass 50 wickets for England women in the traditional format and steps aside as the country’s third most prolific.

Brunt, who married England team-mate Nat Sciver last month, will continue to play one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

Katherine Brunt (right) played a key role during England’s Ashes tour of Australia in February

The 36-year-old all-rounder is now eager to focus on one-day and Twenty20 internationals

‘I feel like as an athlete there is never an obvious time to step away from doing the thing that you love,’ Brunt said.

‘But over the past two years thoughts of retirement have surfaced more and more, so I’ve decided to make a smart decision rather than an emotional one.

‘Test cricket is my absolute passion and to retire from this format was truly a heart-breaking choice to make, but it allows me to prioritise white-ball cricket.’

Brunt has taken 167 wickets and scored over a thousand runs in one day internationals, bowling five five-wicket hauls and notching two half centuries with the bat.

England take on South Africa in a one-off Test at Taunton on June 28 before facing off again in the one-day and Twenty20 international series later next month.

After facing the Proteas, Heather Knight’s side feature at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in late July, as cricket returns to the event for the first time since 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.

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