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?