Australia women news February 18, 2013

Lisa Sthalekar retires from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Yayati 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.

  • Lewis 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Siva on February 18, 2013, 21:22 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Sakthivel 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..

  • Bob 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.

  • Torsha on February 18, 2013, 13:59 GMT

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

  • David 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.