Sarah Taylor retires from international cricket following anxiety issues
England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has called her time on international career following anxiety issues.
Taylor made her debut in 2006, scoring 6,553 runs in international cricket. She is placed second on England Women’s all-time list of run-scorers.
She was renowned for her superb wicket-keeping skills, inflicting 232 dismissals which is the highest number in women’s cricket.
"This has been a tough decision but I know it's the right one, for me and for my health moving forward," Taylor said in a statement released by the ECB.
"I can't thank my teammates enough, both past and present, and the ECB for being supporters and friends along my journey."
Taylor’s anxiety issues had forced her to take an indefinite break from the game after the 2016 World T20 in India. She then returned back in 2017 and was a part of the World Cup winning squad in the same year.
In 2006 my dream came true and I beam with pride at what I've achieved over the years, alongside the best players and people. It is the right time for me and my health to retire, but I have loved every minute in an England shirt. Thank you to everyone for supporting me ?? pic.twitter.com/8MdTqpgmWe— Sarah Taylor (@Sarah_Taylor30) September 27, 2019
“Playing for England and getting to wear the shirt for so long has been a dream come true and I have been blessed with so many great moments throughout my career. From making my debut in 2006, to Ashes wins, and of course the World Cup final at Lord’s, to name just a few.
“I’ve also been blessed with travelling the world and making lifelong friends along the way. To be right in the thick of women’s cricket as it’s gone from strength to strength – not only in England, but across the world – has been an amazing experience, and I can look back on what women’s cricket has achieved with great pride at playing some small part in it.
“The England girls are role models on and off the field, and they have undoubtedly inspired – and will continue to inspire – so many young people to take up the game, girls and boys. I can’t wait to see the heights that this team can reach.
“I am extremely proud of my career. I leave with my head held high and with excitement for what my future holds and what my next chapter brings.”