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Beth Morgan retires from international cricket

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England and Middlesex batsman Beth Morgan announced her retirement from international cricket today.

Morgan's international career spanned 10 years encompassing seven Tests, 72 one-day internationals and 28 international Twenty20 matches for England Women.

The 31 year-old middle-order batsman and seam bowler made her senior international debut against the Netherlands at the Women's European Championship one-day competition in 1999.

Morgan returned to the full England side in 2003 and went on to make her Test debut in 2005, featuring in both matches as England secured a first Ashes win in 42 years.

In 2009 Morgan was involved in the ICC Women's World Cup and ICC Women's World Twenty20 triumphs, notably making 46 not out in an unbroken 122-run partnership with Claire Taylor in England's T20 semi-final win against Australia.

Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan represented England women in more than 100 international games. "At no stage could anybody have asked for more than Beth has given," said Clare Connor, the ECB's Head of England Women's Cricket

More success followed that summer when Morgan top-scored for England as they retained the Ashes by drawing the one-off Test at Worcester.

Morgan has taken the decision to step down from the international game after the recurrence of a shoulder injury but will continue to play women's county cricket for Middlesex.

On her retirement Morgan said: “I have decided it is the right time for me to retire from international cricket and the England squad. This was a very tough decision made after the recurrence of a shoulder injury.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my time with the England squad and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career.

“It has been an honour to play in some truly great teams, alongside some of the best players in the world, and I feel privileged to have had the chance to work with so many outstanding coaches and support staff. I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country and take with me many wonderful memories.

“I now look forward to giving back some of that experience to Middlesex and Finchley during the coming domestic seasons as they have played such a huge part in my cricket development over the years. I would also like to wish the England team all the best in their defence of the World Cup title in India in February.”

Head of England Women's Cricket Clare Connor said: “Beth has been an exceptional member of the England squad, playing her part in the two World Cup wins of 2009 as well as the victorious Ashes campaigns of 2005 and 2008.

“Beth has embodied the very best values throughout her 10-year international career and those values have made her a highly respected team member. At no stage could anybody have asked for more than Beth has given.

“She will be missed by all those involved in the England team, players and staff in equal measure, and we wish her every success and happiness in the future.”