Women's Sports: England all-rounder Jenny Gunn retires from international cricket

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Jenny Gunn has announced her retirement from international cricket, after 15 years playing for England and 259 appearances.

Gunn, an all-rounder, has a string of accolades to her name including winning three World Cups and five Ashes series since she started representing her country in 2004. 

She has made the second-highest number of appearances for England Women, only behind the former captain, Charlotte Edwards who played on 309 occasions.

She was also the first English cricketer to reach one hundred international T20 caps, male or female.

Behind Katherine Brunt, Gunn is second on the list of England's leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals with 136.

In 2014 Gunn was awarded one of the first central contracts for women by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Gunn was vice-captain for England from 2010 until 2014 and captained the national side on three occasions. 

Gunn says: "I have made one of the hardest decisions and decided the time has come to retire from international cricket. I started as a young kid playing the game I loved for fun and I could only dream of becoming a professional cricketer."

"I’ve been lucky enough to play in some great teams and to be part of some amazing battles over the years but as a small girl I always said I wanted to put a World Cup medal next to my dad's European Cup winner's medal, and there are now three of them next to his medal on the mantelpiece!"

Managing Director of Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, says: "Her longevity, work ethic and commitment have been hugely impressive across both the amateur and professional eras and on countless occasions she has delivered match-winning performances for the team with both bat and ball." 

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"Very few international cricketers have carried themselves with so much humility and shown such care for her team-mates as Jenny. She will be very missed by players and staff alike."

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