Australia Women news December 26, 2012

Australia's Leah Poulton retires from ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia Women batsman Leah Poulton has announced her retirement from ODI cricket. She will, however, continue to be available for the national Twenty20 squad.

"I've been really lucky to have played with some greats of the game, such as Karen Rolton and Shelley Nitschke," Poulton said. "When I first started playing, I looked up to those players and I was lucky enough to eventually play alongside them and learn a great deal from them."

Poulton said she is looking forward to concentrating on T20 cricket for the next few years. "A few years ago T20 cricket really invigorated my love for the game and if it hadn't been for T20, I may have retired sooner. I still enjoy T20 cricket today as much as I did when it first came along."

Poulton, 28, made her ODI debut in 2006 in the Rose Bowl series and represented Australia in 48 matches. She scored 1033 runs in her career, including two centuries and four fifties. Apart from ODIs, she has also played two Tests and 40 T20 matches.