England World Cup winner Jenny Gunn Retires from international cricket

Sport360 staff 20:28 15/10/2019
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Gunn won 3 World Cup titles in her 15-year career Image - ICC/Twitter

England’s veteran allrounder, Jenny Gunn has called time on her 15-year international career. She was part of the ODI World Cup winning England teamย  in 2009 and 2017 and the team that emerged victorious in the Women’s World T20 in 2009.

Making her debut as a teenager in 2004, Gunn went on to make 259 appearances across formats, winning three World Cups and five Ashes series.

She made her international debut in the world’s first T20 international – against New Zealand at Hove. Her final outing came against West Indies at Chelmsford in June 2019.

Gunn, a disciplined new ball bowler, is England’s second-highest wicket-taker (136) in ODIs behind Katherine Brunt (148). She is third among English bowlers in T20Is, picking up 75 wickets in the shortest format.

In her 11-match Test career, she picked up 29 wickets and scored 391 runs. In her final Test appearance, she picked up her best figures of 5 for 19 against India at Wormsley in 2014.ย  The 34-year-old has made many a useful contribution as a lower-order batter, scoring 2702 runs in all three formats for England, with seven half-centuries and a best of 73 against New Zealand in an ODI.

“I have made one of the hardest decisions and decided the time has come to retire from international cricket,” said Gunn. “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!

“I’m so grateful for the support throughout my career and I couldn’t have done it without my friends. But most of all, I couldn’t have done it without my family, all of whom have been there for me every step of the way.”

Gunn’s father Bryn played football for the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup under Brian Clough in 1980.

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