Sydney Thunder's Alex Blackwell has announced her retirement from state and international cricket. Blackwell's final game for the NSW Breakers will be to captain the side in the WNCL Final this Saturday, she will continue to play for Sydney Thunder in the Rebel Women's Big Bash League.
Australia's most capped female player, Blackwell, 34, played her first game for Australia in 2003 - a One-Day International against England - and went on to play 251 matches across all three formats for her country.
Blackwell compiled 5250 runs batting in the middle order for Australia in the Test, Twenty20 and One-Day arenas, becoming just the fourth Australian to pass 5000 runs in a career that spanned more than 14 years.
Appointed vice-captain of the national side in 2008, she first captained Australia during the 2009 ICC Women's World Cup in Sydney. In May 2010, with regular skipper Jodie Fields out injured, she led Australia to victory at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.
Blackwell was also a member of Australia's World T20 winning sides in 2012 and 2014 to go with her two World Cup trophies (2005 & 2013).
Congratulations @AlexBlackwell2 on an outstanding career. Absolutely gutted..but feel so privileged to have played alongside you. Fantastic captain, cricketer and an even better human...you will forever be a legend of the game.— Rene Farrell (@Fezzy88Rene) February 19, 2018
Congratulations Alex Blackwell. Your contribution to cricket has been incredible. A role model both on and off... https://t.co/0FunhgAjk3— UNSW Cricket (@UNSW_Cricket) February 19, 2018
Congratulations Alex Blackwell. Test, ODI and Twenty20. 251 matches, 5250 runs in 22-year (16 year old) - 30 half-century, 11 centurion. And twin - Kate. Wonderful! pic.twitter.com/bnBpu8KRjR— Jesse Hogan (@Jesse_Hogan) February 19, 2018
Congratulations @AlexBlackwell2 on an outstanding career, so so much to be proud of. You’re a true great of the game and always the ultimate professional. All the best for whatever is next :)— Charlotte Edwards (@Lottie2323) February 19, 2018
I want to express my love and gratitude to a woman who was so important in helping me fall in love with women's cricket. @AlexBlackwell2 - thank you for being such a pioneer and a wonderful advocate for women's cricket. Congrats on retiring from international + state cricket. pic.twitter.com/Ya7hOuJivi— LadiesWhoLeague (@LadiesWhoLeague) February 19, 2018