World Cup-winning England off-spinner Laura Marsh has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket post the cancellation of The Hundred this year. Marsh played a crucial role in England winning the England to Women’s World Cup titles in 2009 and 2017. She brought an end to her international career last December and was looking forward to participate in the inaugural season of the Hundred but was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament has been infinitely postponed to next year. She released a statement on her social media handle, saying “I have made the decision to retire from all forms of cricket. With the cancellation of The Hundred competition this year, I feel that it is the right time to hang up the boots. I want to say a huge thank you to all the teams and organisations I have represented over the years.”
She further added “I owe a huge amount to both Kent & Sussex for the role they played in my development as a player. Big thanks also to The Surrey Stars, Sydney Sixers, NSW Breakers and Otago Sparks. Every team I played for developed me as a player and a person and I am fortunate to have made some lifelong friends and memories over the years. I am excited for the next chapter and look forward to giving back to the game that has given me so much.”
Laura Alexandra marsh hails from Pembury (Kent), England and started playing cricket from a young age of 11 as a medium pacer but found success as an off spinner. She played for county cricket for Sussex and made her test debut vs India in 2006. She also played integral role in England team that retained the Ashes in Australia in 2008 and in England in 2009. But an injury came as a blessing in disguise when she reinvented herself as an off-spinner, a move which proved valuable both to herself and England.
She was selected in 2009 Women’s World Cup squad and world got to see her create magic with her spin balling. Marsh went on take career best 5/15 against Pakistan in the 2009 Women’s World Cup in Sydney and finished the competition’s top wicket taker, with 16 wickets at 10.31 economy rate.
She started her campaign with New Zealand by taking 6 for 68 and England won the match at Lords and at the same time scored the winning runs off the last ball of the match to secure England’s first victory over Australia in a One Day International series in 33 years in July 2009. Marsh had made her debut in 2006and was part also part of the T20 World Cup title-winning side in 2009. The 33-year-old Represented England national side in nine Tests, 103 ODIs and 67 T20Is for England, picking up 217 wickets across all the formats.