England Women’s Danielle Hazell announces international retirement
Danielle Hazell is England's leading wicket-taker in T20Is. © Getty

The veteran England women’s cricket team offspinner Danielle Hazell has called time on her international career at the age of 30.

In an England career that began in 2009 and spanned 141 matches across formats, Hazell took a combined 146 wickets and won three Ashes series and two World Cups.

She is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in women’s T20Is with 85 from as many games, an at average of 20.75 and economy rate of 5.55. In 53 ODIs, Hazell claimed 59 wickets at an average of 28.96 while in three Tests she took two wickets.

“I feel 100 per cent happy with my decision to move on from playing international cricket and I’m really excited to find out what the next chapter holds in store for me,” said Hazell, who led England twice. “I owe a lot to the game and I would now love to give some of my time and energy back into the sport. There have been some amazing highlights – some really special moments – but the memory that stands out the most to me is the back-to-back Ashes victories across 2013 and 2014. Playing international cricket for nine years can have an effect on you both mentally and physically and my body is telling me that it’s time to move on.”

Hazell is current playing in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, for Adelaide Strikers, and this season has nine wickets in 13 games.

England coach Mark Robinson said: “Dani can justifiably be really proud of her international career. She has been one of the best off-spinners in the world but it won’t only be her cricketing ability that we’ll miss. We’ll miss her leadership qualities and her character. She has mentored the likes of Sophie Ecclestone on and off the pitch, been a good ally for Heather and been a more than capable deputy when needed. We all wish her all the best as she enters the next chapter of her life.”

Added Clare Connor, the managing director of women’s cricket: “On behalf of ECB and England women’s cricket, I’d like to thank Dani for her years of commitment and service to the England women’s team. Dani made her international debut in 2009 as an ‘amateur’ before becoming one of our first 14 female players to be awarded an England Central Contract in 2014. She has remained a consistent performer for us for nearly a decade, during which time she was ranked the world’s best IT20 bowler in the ICC rankings.”