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Poulton retires from ODIs

UPDATED 13 February, 2013 11:58AM AEST | by Omnisport

Leah Poulton will concentrate on Twenty20 and domestic cricket after announcing her retirement from one-day internationals on Wednesday.

Poulton ends her ODI career after making 48 appearances and 1033 runs for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars since debuting in October 2006.

The 28-year-old Lend Lease Breakers batswoman will continue to put her hand up for selection for T20 internationals and domestic cricket in the Women's National Cricket League.

"I've been really lucky to have played with some greats of the game, such as Karen Rolton and Shelley Nitschke," Poulton said.

"When I first started playing I looked up to those players and I was lucky enough to eventually play alongside them and learn a great deal from them.

 "I'm really excited about where cricket is heading with the T20 format. A few years ago T20 cricket really invigorated my love for the game and if it hadn't been for T20, I may have retired sooner.

"I still enjoy T20 cricket  today as much as I did when it first came along and I'm looking forward to the next few years of my career playing T20 and being a part of successful Australian sides."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 26 December, 2012 1:42PM AEST

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