Arran Brindle calls time on England career

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Arran Brindle played in the Craven League as a youngster Arran Brindle played in the Craven League as a youngster

Arran Brindle has retired from the England women’s team.

The 32-year-old batting all-rounder made 134 international appearances, including 11 Tests, and scored 2,852 runs across all formats, adding 57 wickets with her medium pace and 58 catches.

The former Craven League player’s one Test century came in the drawn first match of the 2005 Ashes series, along with one of her three half-centuries.

Brindle shared in the first double-century opening stand in women’s Test cricket, alongside Caroline Atkins against India in 2002.

But perhaps her best-remembered achievement came at club level with Louth when, in 2011, she became the first woman to make a century in the ECB men’s Premier League.

Brindle said: “I will forever cherish the highs and lows of playing cricket for England.

“My fondest and proudest memories are undoubtedly of our battles against Australia – especially victory in 2005, regaining the Women’s Ashes after 42 years.

“Having taken part in five Ashes series, I feel incredibly proud to walk away having won three.

“With the exciting news at the end of last week that the women’s game will now be turning professional at an international level, I wish everyone involved every success in Bangladesh at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 next month, and for the future.”

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