Women's Cricket: Laura Marsh announces her retirement from international cricket

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Laura Marsh, 33, has announced she will be retiring from international cricket after 13 years playing for England.

The off-spinner had a fantastic international career, winning three World Cups with England and taking 217 wickets. Her first World Cup wins came in 2009 when her England side won both the World Cup and Twenty20 competition.

She finishes her career as the most successful spinner in the history of English women’s cricket and is the third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket.

The ECB’s manager of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: "Laura has been a fantastic servant to English cricket and we're so grateful for everything she has contributed over a career spanning 13 years.

"Her record ranks amongst the very best bowlers in the history of our game but the stats are only one part of her impact.

“She’ll be remembered by those who have played with her and worked with her for her kindness, her loyalty and her relentless desire to improve. Laura was softly spoken but fiercely determined to play her part for the team.

"Not many cricketers in the world have won three World Cups, and these are wonderful memories that Laura takes into retirement with her. She's been the complete team player and a role model for England women’s cricket and she will be missed."

Katherine Brunt, England seamer, said Marsh’s retirement would be a big blow to the women’s side for England.

"It is a huge loss. Laura has always been a very good wicket-taking option for us and that is something you don't want to lose, especially these days when you are playing on tracks that are favourable for batsmen.

"She has massive experience, lots of control and is very handy with the bat as well,” Brunt said.

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