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Isa Guha retires from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 9, 2012

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Isa Guha appeals for a wicket, England v New Zealand, women's World Cup final, Sydney, March 22, 2009
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Isa Guha, the England seamer, has announced her retirement from international cricket. Guha, 26, played eight Tests, 83 ODIs and 22 Twenty20 internationals in a career spanning close to 11 years.

During her international career, she took 101 ODI and 29 Test wickets and was part of a successful side which won the Women's World Cup and World Twenty20 tournaments in 2009, and the Ashes in 2005.

However, she will continue playing county cricket. "Playing for England has meant everything to me but it feels like the right time for me to step away from the international stage," Guha said.

"The levels of commitment have become even greater which is testament to how the women's game has developed and after ten years of prioritising cricket it's now time to think about my future outside of the game.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for England and will take many memories with me such as winning the Ashes in 2005, the World Cups in 2009 and our most recent whitewash of our tour in New Zealand. It has been a pleasure to play alongside some truly special cricketers and to see them grow as players. The current squad is the strongest I have ever been involved in and I hope they continue to lead the way in world cricket."

Guha's retirement comes on the same day Rahul Dravid, the Indian batsman, announced he was quitting international cricket.

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Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (March 10, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

All the best to a great servant of English cricket. I am sure she won't get the recognition that is her due owing to the coincidence of retiring at the same time as Dravid, and I am sure that her retirement at a young age is also an indication that the profile of women's cricket, and thus the rewards and compensations for the best female circketers, are still less than they ought to be.

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (March 10, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

Sad to see the golden girl of English cricket retiring so young. It was Isa Guha and Sarah Taylor that first got me interested in the women's game around 2006 - previously I'd always viewed women's cricket matches as rather turgid affairs. Guha's gleaming smile and canny opening bowling and Taylor's aggressive stroke-making and lightning quick wicket-keeping really took me by surprise and I've rarely missed watching a game since. I'm genuinely saddened to hear of Isa's retirement as I'm sure she still has so much to offer. I wish her well in her future career and hope to see her in the Sky TV studios before too long! Jem.

Posted by soumyas on (March 9, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

all the best for future...

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