Australia news April 20, 2017

Farrell announces ODI retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rene Farrell remains available for selection in the Test and T20I formats © Getty Images

Fast bowler Rene Farrell has announced her retirement from ODIs. She will, however, remain available for Australia's Test and T20I teams and will continue playing domestic cricket for the NSW Breakers, the Sydney Thunder and the Surrey Stars.

Farrell, who made her international debut in 2007, played 44 ODIs, taking 42 wickets at an average of 30.78. She has also played three Tests and 54 T20Is.

"With preparations about to begin ahead of this year's World Cup, the time felt right for me to retire from one-day cricket for Australia," Farrell said. "I've had mixed fortunes in this format over the last few years and I no longer feel I can give what is required to compete at this level.

"It was an honour to be a part of the ICC Women's Championship and to be part of the inaugural winning side is something I regard as very special in my ODI career. I still have the desire to represent Australia in the T20 and Test arenas and look forward to spending more time with the NSW Breakers and taking on more of a mentoring role to help our up and coming players progress to the next level.

"I'd like to wish all teams the very best of luck for the World Cup and I know that that those picked to represent Australia will do us proud."

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  • David_Bofinger on April 21, 2017, 1:51 GMT

    Usual process is to retire from the long form first, because your creaking body is no longer capable of handling a few hundred overs of cricket, and keep playing the short form. It's odd to keep the long and short while retiring from the one in the middle. But since (as Trevor says) women's tests are pretty rare, maybe that's effectively what she's doing, retiring from one day, keeping playing T20 and keeping her test options open in case there's an historic opportunity, like a first test of some kind.

  • cricfan4264989003 on April 20, 2017, 19:05 GMT

    I find she should retire after the World Cup or the Women's Ashes but it's a 50-50 call for he

  • Trevor on April 20, 2017, 9:05 GMT

    Odd decision given how little test cricket women play. Basically, her international career is over...

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