BREAKING: Lydia Greenway Retires From International Cricket

England batsman Lydia Greenway has announced her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

In a statement released by the ECB, Greenway is quoted as saying:

“During recent discussions with Mark Robinson about his focus on developing new players against Pakistan this summer, it became clear that my involvement with the England team might be limited moving forwards.  Whilst in the past I have been in a similar position and have fought for my place, I now feel that at this stage in my life, it’s time to take a step back and retire from international cricket with immediate effect, allowing the next generation of players to develop on the world stage.”

Greenway made her England debut in the 1st Test of the 2003 Women’s Ashes and went on to represent her country on 225 occasions, scoring 4,108 runs at a combined average of 26.

Although her form had perhaps been more erratic of late, she continued to make valuable contributions for England, and was voted Fan’s Player of the Series by CRICKETher readers after the last Women’s Ashes.

As with the retirement of Charlotte Edwards a few weeks ago, it seems pretty clear that Greenway also decided to jump having been told she was likely to be pushed anyway; but with the ongoing Sarah Taylor situation, you have to wonder whether losing another senior player, just weeks before the start of a crucial series against Pakistan, where England really have to be looking to take all 6 Women’s International Championship points, is (to paraphrase Oscar Wilde) a misfortune… or starting to look like carelessness?

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7 thoughts on “BREAKING: Lydia Greenway Retires From International Cricket

  1. Took my youngest daughter to a girls cricket camp yesterday and despite the weather her day and that of the other girls was made by the attendance of Lydia and Tammy.

    Lydia is an England and Kent legend her performances with the bat and in the field over the years have been nothing short of inspirational to thousands of young girls. Off the field she is a fine ambassador for women’s sport.

    Now it is down to the next generation she inspired to step-up I guess.

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  2. It’s a shame because she is a talented player, had an impressive record at international level and I think she still had a lot left to offer England. She is also a very good ambassador and always spoke well under interview. Robinson’s new way leaves another victim in its wake. Soon, there’ll be no batsmen left!

    I would have said that she was one of England’s best left handers of the modern era, but as she was one of our only left-handers, that wouldn’t be saying much. Truth is though, it will be difficult to replace Greenway’s style of batting, and the angles she opened up as well as her runs. How many extra runs did she lend us as a result of bowlers getting their change of line wrong when bowling at her? As well as with her impressive fielding? We’ll find out soon, I expect, unless another good left-hander’s soon brought in to replace her.

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  3. Would have made the World Cup Final,if she had batted at 5 and not 9 in the semi final–left handed,can rotate the strike,quick between wickets,leading England run scorer against the Australians.

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    • Greenway batted at No 6 against India and got a golden duck and No 6 against West Indies and scored 2 off 5 balls. Not sure this makes a strong case that Greenway at No 5 against Australian would have made the difference. (I’d agree with a more general point that, save this T20 WC, her T20 form has been good (13*, 19*, 18*, 25, 26, 20* are her 6 innings prior to WC).

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  4. Wonder how many other players have been told they are surplus to this summer’s requirements but are sticking it out, hoping to get their place back at a later date ?

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    • Lydia holds a record which will never be beaten in England Womens Cricket.In fact it should qualify for the Guinness Book of Records!

      2009 World Cup ODI 50 0vers in Sydney World Champs

      2009 World Cup 20/20 overs Lords London World Champs

      2009 England v Australia Ashes Series England Winners

      2009 England v Australia ODI England win Series 4-0 win
      2009 ECB County Champs Kent win County Championship

      2009 National Club Champs Hayes Hurricanes win Nationall Club Championship.

      Lydia played in every match in every Tournament.

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