Australian legspinner Kristen Beams announced on December 1 that she was retiring from all formats of the game. She has represented Australia in a solitary Test, 30 One Day Internationals and 18 Twenty20 Internationals, having made the move from Tasmania to Victoria early on in her career.
The 35-year-old made her Australian debut in August 2014, following which came her T20I one in September 2014 against Pakistan. The only Test she played was in the Ashes of 2015, returning 62 wickets across formats.
“We congratulate Kristen Beams on a terrific career both for Australia and her adopted home state of Victoria and are so grateful for the contribution she has made on and off the field,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said.
“She’s been a wonderful ambassador of the game, always willing to go the extra mile to inspire the next generation of cricketers as well as having had a significant impact in the all abilities space. Kristen Beams has held several off-field roles within cricket and we hope to see her face around the game for years to come.
“We thank Kristen Beams for her service to cricket and wish her all the best for the future.”
She represented Victoria for 14 years, even skippering the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League, calling it stumps from the tournament and the WNCL.
“I’ve loved the last five years with the Melbourne Stars and being part of the Stars family,” Beams said. “To see the WBBL grow from the first year of competition to what it is now has been a fantastic journey. I’d like to thank the Melbourne Stars for their support. I’m proud of the club and what it represents, and I wish them well for the future,” she added.
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