Sarah Taylor announces international retirement citing health concerns
Sarah Taylor (ICC Images)

England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has announced international retirement with immediate effect citing health issue. She is currently dealing with anxiety saying it has affected her ability to enjoy the game.

Taylor, 30, made her international debut in 2006 and went on to play in 10 Tests, 126 ODIs and 90 T20Is scoring 6,553 runs across formats. She has 232 dismissals to her name as well – the most in women’s history.

“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. “I can’t thank my teammates enough, both past and present, and the ECB for being supporters and friends along my journey.”

She added, “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,” she said.