Australia news November 13, 2012

Melissa Bulow quits international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Melissa Bulow, the Australia batsman, has retired from international cricket but she will continue to play in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL), Australia's domestic limited-overs tournament.

She is Queensland's most experienced player, having represented them in 111 one-day matches, and has scored 3358 runs at an average of 31.09. After taking a 12-month break, she returned to play for Queensland last year, scoring 505 runs at an average of 50.50 in the Twenty20s.

Bulow made her international debut in 2003 against India, in the World Series of Women's Cricket. She, however, couldn't find a spot for herself at the top of the order before 2006, when she played her first Test, against India in Adelaide. Her last international appearance was in the Test against England in February 2008.

Cricket Australia calls her "Queensland's most successful WNCL player". In 2006-07, she won the WNCL player of the year award.

"I have had a wonderful career playing for Australia and have made some amazing memories and friendships along the way," Bulow said. "I still love playing cricket but feel now was the right time to step away from international duties. My passion and focus for the game is still there and look forward to continuing the domestic season."

Women's National Selection Panel Chair Jule Savage said, "[Melissa] returned to the Southern Stars squad, after a period out of the game, on the strength of some outstanding domestic form, so the WNSP are pleased that despite Mel's retirement from international cricket, she will still don the maroon colours for Queensland."

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  • Roo on November 14, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Good to see that Melissa is going to still play for Qld... Its hard to keep senior cricketers around as they are poorly remunerated & then a decent paying job becomes more important than just playing domestic cricket...

  • Roo on November 14, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Getting a bit pedantic boys... Been around cricket for well over 50 years & have heard 'batter' being used during the whole time (unless you come from a pommy public school with a plum in your mouth)... Melissa would much prefer the term batter or batsman - after all it is just a position description & batter takes away any form of bias/innuendo... Have female friends that I refer to as mate, as in "good day mate" - not matess or womate...

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    I would prefer batswoman to "batter" which is what Clarke refers to the batsman as. It is actually batsman. "Batter" is what I have on my fish, or plays Baseball.... not cricket

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Come on guys... You are allowed to use the term 'batswoman', I'm sure Melissa does not refer to herself as a 'batsman'! Lets get it right...

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