Jenny Gunn announces her retirement:
England Women‘s Jenny Gunn has announced her retirement from international cricket. Gunn has played 259 international matches over the course of her career spanning over 15 years, the second-most by an English player in the history of women cricket. Jenny Gunn is also the first English player to take part in 100 T20I in both men and women cricket.
3️⃣ Triple world champion
? The only England player to reach a century of T20I caps
— ICC (@ICC) October 15, 2019
Gunn said that it was one of the hardest decisions for her to decide that the time has come for her to retire from international cricket. Jenny Gunn said she started playing cricket as a young kid who loved the game for fun and could only dream of becoming a professional cricketer then.
Jenny Gunn’s career and her achievements:
She made her debut as an 18-year-old girl in 2004 against New Zealand in England’s first-ever T20I match. She then went ahead to become the first English cricketer to play in 100 T20I matches. Gunn won three World Cups and five Ashes series throughout her career, while also achieving the record of England’s third-highest T20I wicket-taker and the second-highest ODI wicket-taker in women cricket.
Jenny Gunn also remained a vice-captain under Charlotte Edwards, who holds the record of playing most international matches for England. Gunn was a decent and accurate seam bowler with her strengths lying under her variety of slower balls and her wicket-to-wicket focus.
Jenny Gunn’s played her last test against India in 2014 at Wormsley, where she registered her best test figures of 5 wickets for 19 runs in 18 overs. While her main strength was her bowling, Gunn was also a very valuable asset for her team as a lower-order batsman. Gunn scored a total of 2702 runs in all three formats of the game. She scored seven half-centuries throughout her 15-year career with a high score of 73 runs, which she scored against New Zealand in 2007.
Gunn won the ODI World Cups of 2009 and 2017, while also winning the T20 World Cup in 2009. She took a total of 240 international wickets from all formats of the game. Jenny Gunn also won five Ashes series throughout her 15-year career.
Gunn said that she had been very lucky to play in some great teams and to be part of some amazing battles over the years but as a small girl she always said she wanted to put a World Cup medal next to her dad’s European Cup winner’s medal and now she has earned three of them to put beside her father’s medal on the mantelpiece. Gunn is part of a sporty family. Her father was part of the Nottingham Forest Football Club when they won the European Cup in 1980.
She said she is grateful to everyone for the support throughout her career. Gunn said her family has been there for her every step of the way and she could not have done it without them.
Clare Connor about Jenny Gunn’s retirement:
Clare Connor, Managing Director of England Women’s cricket praised Jenny Gunn by saying that Jenny has been the most tremendous servant to England Women’s cricket throughout the 15 years she has played for England.
Clare Conner showed her gratitude to Jenny by saying that Jenny’s longevity, work ethic, and commitment have been hugely impressive across all eras and on countless occasions, she has delivered match-winning performances for the English team with both bat and ball.
Clare Connor also said that very few international cricketers have carried themselves with so much humility and shown such care for her team-mates as Jenny. Clare Connor added that she will surely be very missed by players and staff alike.