Australia women news February 18, 2013

Lisa Sthalekar retires from international cricket

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Lisa Sthalekar, the Australia women's allrounder who was part of Sunday's World Cup-winning team, has announced her retirement from international cricket. Sthalekar said she did not want to cut ties with the game following her retirement, but planned to remain involved and help women's cricket develop further.

"To finish my international career by playing in a successful Women's World Cup in the country of my birth is quite special for me," Sthalekar said. "I feel that this is the right time for me to retire."

On Sunday, Australia beat West Indies in the final of the World Cup in Mumbai by a whopping 114-run margin. Sthalekar put on a fine show, claiming the big wickets of West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira and big-hitter Deandra Dottin, and then closed out the game with a spectacular diving catch.

It was Sthalekar's 125th ODI, and she remains the only woman to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in the format. She finished with 2728 ODI runs in all, at 30.65, and 146 wickets at 24.97. That puts her at No. 10 on the all-time women's ODI batting charts, and at No. 3 for Australia. Her ODI wickets' tally is third-highest in history.

In international Twenty 20 cricket, too, she has made quite an impact, taking 60 wickets at 19.35 - the second-highest aggregate among women. Sthalekar also played eight Tests in an international career that spanned 12 years and included two titles each in 50-overs World Cups and World Twenty20s.

"Women's cricket has changed a lot during my time in the game and it's been an honour to witness this evolution first hand," Sthalekar said. "We have seen at this year's World Cup that the standard of women's cricket across the world has grown immensely in the last few years alone. I would like to continue my involvement in all aspects of the game. Cricket has given me a great deal during my life and I want to be able to give something back, whether it be through coaching, mentoring or other avenues. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help women's cricket continue to develop."

Off the field, Sthalekar became the first woman to be appointed to the Australian Cricketers' Association Executive in 2011.

Julie Savage, Australia's chief women's selector, highlighted Sthalekar's contributions towards the development side of the game: "Lisa has been a tremendous player for Australia for a number of years and it's fantastic to see her go out at the top of her game. She also, through her coaching, contributed to the development of the younger players that are now coming through in our group.

"So, not only was she contributing on the field, but she was also contributing off the field to the success of Australian Cricket. Lisa will certainly be missed, but through her coaching and development work she's actually helping to fill the void that her retirement will leave."

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  • POSTED BY williaml on | February 18, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    It is a very sad day for Australian women's cricket and cricket in general. The retirement of one of the best women cricketers we have ever seen. Lisa was such a role model to every aspiring young cricketer. On the field she gave 100% everytime and off the field she was an inspiration to youngsters. The game is poorer for it but I hope she continues in some administrative role in women's cricket for a long time to come as we will all benefit from such a true professional. Well done Lisa - you have set the bar for every other cricketer to follow.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | February 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    All the best, Lisa! What a way to go out - at the very top! Congratulations on a wonderful, stellar playing career. Your contribution has been huge on the field, but I sense that your most important contribution is yet to come, inspiring other girls to take up our great game. I wonder whether you may use your Indian heritage to work across two great countries. IMO, India has great need of raising the profile of women's cricket in a cricket-crazy country. The issue of repositioning women's place in Indian society (such a contrast with Australian women in theirs) needs all the help it can get. Whatever you do, I'm certain that you'll do it magnificently. Very best wishes from a die-hard English fan of the game.

  • POSTED BY ranpath on | February 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Congratulations to a great all round player. She has done pretty well over the last 5 years and her contributions to the team are obvious. She seems to be a wonderful person as evidenced by the personality she exudes while on the field and the fact that she is willing to remain active in the sport by helping the younger players. Australia will miss her talents but all the best to her from this point on as well.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | February 18, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Lisa has been the main stay of Southern Stars limited overs formats for over 8 years, its only fair that this legend leaves on such a high.The game will miss her though.A future hall of famer for sure.#Respect.

  • POSTED BY Booney_Bats_for_Cricket on | February 19, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Being an Australian of Indian origin, I followed your cricketing feats keenly. Congratulations on such an impressive career. You definately have done Australia as well as India proud. All the best for your post retirement life and would love to see you associated with the game even in your retirement.

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | February 19, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @Sunil you are spot on mate, many young kids from the South Asian community will be coming through because they now have posters of Lisa and Usman in their rooms, 2 great examples and ambassadors for cricket in Australia

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    I have watched her playing very sportive girl and when she bats the batter at the end is very comfortable. She is an all rounder in the strict sense. Could bat bowl and field no surprise that she played more than 12 years. Knew when to retire unlike the male counterparts who are greedy over money.

  • POSTED BY SivaSurapaneni on | February 18, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Obviously, she taught every cricketer a lesson on how to time the retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I watched a few gams that she palyed and I think she was a fantastic cricketer and also look like a fine and beautiful girlr. Cute, sweet, pretty, energetic and very pleasent player that we all cricket fans gonna miss. Wish her good luck in her future endevours!

  • POSTED BY SakthivelS on | February 18, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I have been following you in the CricInfo for the last 2 to 3 years.. I will miss you.. Good Lisa.. Carry on..

  • POSTED BY williaml on | February 18, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    It is a very sad day for Australian women's cricket and cricket in general. The retirement of one of the best women cricketers we have ever seen. Lisa was such a role model to every aspiring young cricketer. On the field she gave 100% everytime and off the field she was an inspiration to youngsters. The game is poorer for it but I hope she continues in some administrative role in women's cricket for a long time to come as we will all benefit from such a true professional. Well done Lisa - you have set the bar for every other cricketer to follow.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | February 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    All the best, Lisa! What a way to go out - at the very top! Congratulations on a wonderful, stellar playing career. Your contribution has been huge on the field, but I sense that your most important contribution is yet to come, inspiring other girls to take up our great game. I wonder whether you may use your Indian heritage to work across two great countries. IMO, India has great need of raising the profile of women's cricket in a cricket-crazy country. The issue of repositioning women's place in Indian society (such a contrast with Australian women in theirs) needs all the help it can get. Whatever you do, I'm certain that you'll do it magnificently. Very best wishes from a die-hard English fan of the game.

  • POSTED BY ranpath on | February 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Congratulations to a great all round player. She has done pretty well over the last 5 years and her contributions to the team are obvious. She seems to be a wonderful person as evidenced by the personality she exudes while on the field and the fact that she is willing to remain active in the sport by helping the younger players. Australia will miss her talents but all the best to her from this point on as well.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | February 18, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Lisa has been the main stay of Southern Stars limited overs formats for over 8 years, its only fair that this legend leaves on such a high.The game will miss her though.A future hall of famer for sure.#Respect.

  • POSTED BY Booney_Bats_for_Cricket on | February 19, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Being an Australian of Indian origin, I followed your cricketing feats keenly. Congratulations on such an impressive career. You definately have done Australia as well as India proud. All the best for your post retirement life and would love to see you associated with the game even in your retirement.

  • POSTED BY Edwards_Anderson on | February 19, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @Sunil you are spot on mate, many young kids from the South Asian community will be coming through because they now have posters of Lisa and Usman in their rooms, 2 great examples and ambassadors for cricket in Australia

  • POSTED BY on | February 19, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    I have watched her playing very sportive girl and when she bats the batter at the end is very comfortable. She is an all rounder in the strict sense. Could bat bowl and field no surprise that she played more than 12 years. Knew when to retire unlike the male counterparts who are greedy over money.

  • POSTED BY SivaSurapaneni on | February 18, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Obviously, she taught every cricketer a lesson on how to time the retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I watched a few gams that she palyed and I think she was a fantastic cricketer and also look like a fine and beautiful girlr. Cute, sweet, pretty, energetic and very pleasent player that we all cricket fans gonna miss. Wish her good luck in her future endevours!

  • POSTED BY SakthivelS on | February 18, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I have been following you in the CricInfo for the last 2 to 3 years.. I will miss you.. Good Lisa.. Carry on..

  • POSTED BY fleetwood-smith on | February 18, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Having just got Foxtel, have enjoyed watching the women's world cup immensely and so proud of the efforts put out by the Aussie girls last night. My 14 year old daughter is a keen cricketer - she took her first senior wicket playing in the C Grade men's comp on Saturday and can't get enough of the game. Now she has visual proof that there are heroes out there for her to follow. Ellyse Perry and Holly Ferling for starters. The thing I loved the most was seeing the joy they gained out of playing. Like watching juniors having a good time.

    As for Lisa Sthlekar - that is the first time I have seen her bowl last night and I don't think it is too big a stretch to say she is just about the best spinner in Australia right now - male or female! She was brilliant! All the best in retirement girl -I know you are already doing wonders coaching the NSW juniors and hope it continues.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | February 18, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    All the best Lisa! You are one of my favorites.

  • POSTED BY David_Bofinger on | February 18, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Damn it, what's driving the Australian greats to retirement? Did Michael Hussey tell her how relaxing it was? Sthalekar was at or near the peak of her powers, with a lot of good cricket still ahead of her, shame to see her go.

  • POSTED BY Aussie_Cricket on | February 18, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    It's bit poetic that such a great player of the game retired on her own terms, in the country she was born in, after having such a key part in winning the world cup for the team she was born to play for. That's a pretty nice finale to an incredible career. Congratulations Lisa, hope your post-playing exploits are as great is your playing one.

  • POSTED BY Markdal on | February 18, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    The first time I saw Lisa play, probably 10 years ago, I thought she had 'something'. I was proven right over the years. I'm surprised at how few Tests she played, because she was an integral part of Australian women's cricket for her whole career. Well done Lisa. You've been an ornament to Australian cricket, and hopefully you will be recognised accordingly.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | February 18, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Lisa Sthalekar - thank you... You are the epitome of Australia - not born here, but grew up & developed your skills as an Aussie & given everything to your adopted homeland...

    Your involvement in womens cricket at a managerial level for many years leaves you in a rare position in sport - a player & yet a mentor for both the current top players, but also for many juniors... For me, you are one of the greats of Australian cricket... You deserve "front page" acclamations...

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Awesome player, great Aussie legend, so glad to see her final game as a wc win. One of the player that turned me on to te womens game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    all the best Lis! that was a wonderful acrobatic catch u took to close the world cup!

  • POSTED BY Des_65 on | February 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Great to see a girl from Pune playing with a baggy green.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | February 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    That's a great career and an excellent way to go out. Well done Lisa and best wishes for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    why o why?? just yesterday commentators were saying that there were no signs she was ageing. Podi ponnu. Just when I was getting interested in women's cricket and wanted to follow, you bring up this decision. Disappointing. Get back to work.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | February 18, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Well played Lisa! I hope you are not lost to the game.

  • POSTED BY MrKricket on | February 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Nice to go out on top. I hope she can continue to be involved in the game especially development. It would be good to see more girls of subcontinental background playing the game in Australia as a result of her brilliant career.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | February 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    I first found out about Lisa Stalekhar of Australia 9 years ago while watching the TV program ICC Cricket world. I was immediately interested in her as she was a very attractive lady and I have since found out during the past nine years she is an excellent women's cricketer too. Because of her and Isa Guha of England who retired last year another attractive woman cricketer It opened my eyes to the world of women's cricket more. Since then I have been following the fortunes of my two favourite women's cricketers Isa Guha and Lisa Stalekhar and paying attention to matches they are involved in. Thanks to them I now keep an eye on women's cricket too as well as the mens. Women's cricket for me won't be the same without these two cricketers Isa Guha and Lisa Stalekhar. So it is sad for me to see the retirement of Isa and Lisa. I wish Lisa Stalekhar the very best for the future. Womens Cricket needs more cricket players of the calibre of Isa Guha and Lisa Stalekhar. Cricket has benefited.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | February 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Folks like Lisa and Khawaja have been great ambassadors both on and off the field. Not only are they fantastic Australians but they have given hope to boys and girls coming from the sub continent community who want to get the baggy green.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 18, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Really cannot pick a better time to retire. Still at the top of personal rankings is one thing, 2 World Cups across formats in the last year, pretty incredible high!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    ..thrild to see the catch over and over again that Lisa took ystrday,,congo gals and al the best Lisa..!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    All Best for your Life After Retirement Lisa. You are such an inspiring Woman and you final Catch was awesome.

  • POSTED BY KGY27 on | February 18, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Congrats to Lisa and the team. It's about time women's cricket in Australia s recognised for what it is......stunning. Lisa can hold her head high. What a way to go out. I wish it had been as awesome as that for Ricky and Mike. You have once again done Australia proud.

  • POSTED BY KGY27 on | February 18, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Congrats to Lisa and the team. It's about time women's cricket in Australia s recognised for what it is......stunning. Lisa can hold her head high. What a way to go out. I wish it had been as awesome as that for Ricky and Mike. You have once again done Australia proud.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    All Best for your Life After Retirement Lisa. You are such an inspiring Woman and you final Catch was awesome.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    ..thrild to see the catch over and over again that Lisa took ystrday,,congo gals and al the best Lisa..!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 18, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Really cannot pick a better time to retire. Still at the top of personal rankings is one thing, 2 World Cups across formats in the last year, pretty incredible high!

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Batra on | February 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Folks like Lisa and Khawaja have been great ambassadors both on and off the field. Not only are they fantastic Australians but they have given hope to boys and girls coming from the sub continent community who want to get the baggy green.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | February 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    I first found out about Lisa Stalekhar of Australia 9 years ago while watching the TV program ICC Cricket world. I was immediately interested in her as she was a very attractive lady and I have since found out during the past nine years she is an excellent women's cricketer too. Because of her and Isa Guha of England who retired last year another attractive woman cricketer It opened my eyes to the world of women's cricket more. Since then I have been following the fortunes of my two favourite women's cricketers Isa Guha and Lisa Stalekhar and paying attention to matches they are involved in. Thanks to them I now keep an eye on women's cricket too as well as the mens. Women's cricket for me won't be the same without these two cricketers Isa Guha and Lisa Stalekhar. So it is sad for me to see the retirement of Isa and Lisa. I wish Lisa Stalekhar the very best for the future. Womens Cricket needs more cricket players of the calibre of Isa Guha and Lisa Stalekhar. Cricket has benefited.

  • POSTED BY MrKricket on | February 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Nice to go out on top. I hope she can continue to be involved in the game especially development. It would be good to see more girls of subcontinental background playing the game in Australia as a result of her brilliant career.

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | February 18, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Well played Lisa! I hope you are not lost to the game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    why o why?? just yesterday commentators were saying that there were no signs she was ageing. Podi ponnu. Just when I was getting interested in women's cricket and wanted to follow, you bring up this decision. Disappointing. Get back to work.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | February 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    That's a great career and an excellent way to go out. Well done Lisa and best wishes for the future.