Rene Farrell has picked up 42 wickets in 44 ODIs for Australia Women    Getty Images
Rene Farrell has picked up 42 wickets in 44 ODIs for Australia Women Getty Images

Australia Women fast bowler Rene Farrell has announced that she will retire from One-Day Internationals (ODI). She will however be available to represent her country in Tests and T20 Internationals (T20I). She will also continue to play for her domestic teams NSW Breakers, Sydney Thunder and Surrey Stars. Rene has played 44 ODIs for Australia Women and has picked up 42 wickets with a best of 3 for 17. She has also scored 182 runs at 18.20. Rene is also only the third bowler to pick up a hat-trick in Tests a feat she achieved in the 2011 Test against England at Sydney. She has also played 3 Tests and 54 T20 Internationals (T20I) till date. READ: Australia Women’s team extend contract with coach Matthew Mott till 2020

Talking about her retirement and he ODI career, Rene said, With preparations about to begin ahead of this year s World Cup, the time felt right for me to retire from one-day cricket for Australia, Farrell said, according to cricket.com.au. I ve had mixed fortunes in this format over the last few years and I no longer feel I can give what is required to compete at this level. It was an honour to be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship and to be part of the inaugural winning side is something I regard as very special in my ODI career. READ: ENG and AUS set to play first day-night Test

I still have the desire to represent Australia in the T20 and Test arenas and look forward to spending more time with the NSW Breakers and taking on more of a mentoring role to help our up and coming players progress to the next level. I’d like to wish all teams the very best of luck for the World Cup and I know that that those picked to represent Australia will do us proud. READ: Sarah Coyte announces retirement

Women s national selector Shawn Flegler said, Rene has been a wonderful contributor to Australia cricket and has played a key role in the success of the Australian ODI team for a long time. Thanking the cricketer for her service, Fleger further added, I d like to thank Rene for her contribution to the team and look forward to watching her continue her career at both an international and national level.