Brindle steps down

Arran Brindle

Arran Brindle in action

England Women’s all-rounder Arran Brindle has decided to take a break from international cricket and Super 4s, with immediate effect in order to spend more time with her family.

She said: “I have decided to take an extended break from competing at the highest level for personal reasons and to spend more time with my family whilst also looking to develop my career outside of cricket.”

Brindle, 24, made her one-day international debut against South Africa six years ago and her Test debut against Australia the following year in 2001.

Since then she has worked extremely hard on her game and is recognised as one of the best fielders in the world following her impeccable performances in the 2005 World Cup held in South Africa.

She holds the English record for an opening Test stand with Caroline Atkins, putting on a 205-run partnership in India, and has a highest Test score of 101 not out, hit off the last ball of the game in 2005’s first npower Ashes Test.

England Women/Clare Connor and Arran Brindle

Arran Brindle (right) and former England captain Clare Connor © Getty Images

In the second game she steered the side to a famous six-wicket victory with an undefeated second-innings score of 24.

In the NatWest Women’s Series against Australia she was England’s second leading run-scorer hitting two half-centuries, including her highest ODI score of 81 in the first 50-over game at Cheltenham.

England captain Charlotte Edwards expressed her regret: “Arran has been one of our most consistent performers over the past 18 months and her decision to retire will be a significant loss to the team.

“I feel very lucky at the moment that we have a crop of very exciting players who I’m sure will fill her role.”

Head Coach Richard Bates added: ”It is disappointing that Arran has decided to retire from international cricket at this point. She has been a key member of our squad in recent series, particularly last summer against Australia.

“We are currently developing well and building a young exciting squad under the leadership of Charlotte Edwards and newly appointed vice captain, Laura Newton.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing India this summer and losing Arran as a key middle-order batter and excellent fielder will force our hand in terms of a change in the batting line up.

“We do though have some very exciting young players currently pushing for a place and I’m sure they will be looking to impress in the forthcoming Super 4s matches.”

Brindle continued: “I would like to thank everyone at the ECB who has been part of the great memories I have of being a member of the England Team; the Ashes victory last year being the obvious highlight.

“I believe last year’s events show the potential of women’s cricket in this country and something for all the up and coming players to aim for.

“Lastly and most importantly I would like to thank all the England Team past and present for their support during the last six years of representing my country.

“They are a very special group of people and I wish Charlotte and the girls all the best. I am certain they will succeed this summer against India and in their preparations for the next World Cup.”