Australia fast-bowler Rene Farrell has announced her retirement from one-day international cricket ahead of the women’s World Cup.
Farrell has been a pillar of the Southern Stars’ attack for close to a decade and bows out of the format with 44 ODIs to her name.
The 30-year-old will continue to make herself available for Test and Twenty20 International cricket, while she’ll also continue to play all formats for her native NSW Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League and the Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League.
“With preparations about to begin ahead of this year’s World Cup, the time felt right for me to retire from one-day cricket for Australia,” Farrell said.
“I’ve had mixed fortunes in this format over the last few years and I no longer feel I can give what is required to compete at this level.
“It was an honour to be a part of the ICC Women's Championship and to be part of the inaugural winning side is something I regard as very special in my ODI career.
“I still have the desire to represent Australia in the T20 and Test arenas and look forward to spending more time with the NSW Breakers and taking on more of a mentoring role to help our up and coming players progress to the next level.
“I'd like to wish all teams the very best of luck for the World Cup and I know that that those picked to represent Australia will do us proud.”
Farrell played in Australia’s 2009 World Cup campaign, where they finished fourth, while she’s played in the Southern Stars’ 2010 and 2014 World T20 triumphs.
“Rene has been a wonderful contributor to Australia cricket and has played a key role in the success of the Australian ODI team for a long time,” women’s national selector Shawn Flegler said.
“I’d like to thank Rene for her contribution to the team and look forward to watching her continue her career at both an international and national level.”
The 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup gets underway in June in the United Kingdom, with the final to be played at the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground.