Former New Zealand Women’s Lucy Doolan confirmed on Friday that she will be retiring from all forms of cricket after a career spanning 14 years.
The 31-year-old all-rounder made the decision to hang up her boots after an illustrious career representing the White Ferns on the international stage, as well as the Wellington Blaze on the domestic circuit. She last represented New Zealand Women on February 2013 during the ODI World Cup in India.
‘The body doesn’t quite bounce back like it used to. And I think the plan was always to come back and play a couple more years after a few years off and then call it a day,’ said Doolan.
‘The support that I’ve had from Cricket Wellington as part of the Blaze is amazing,’ she added. ‘They’ve probably spearheaded the support throughout the country in terms of backing women’s cricket, and I’ve seen that right from when I started playing cricket for Wellington as an 18-year-old.’
“I’m leaving the girls in a pretty good place going forward, there’s so much young, exciting talent coming through our team, so happy days!” – Lucy Doolanhttps://t.co/qYzWNhHlmZ
— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) March 15, 2019
Doolan represented the White Ferns in 73 matches on the international stage, scoring a combined 868 runs and bagging 60 wickets along the way. On the domestic circuit she has been monumental in the Wellington Blaze team with her 3510 runs alongside 172 scalps. She has also claimed three T20 titles with the club since making her debut in 2004.
Photo: Graham Crouch/ICC/Getty Images