Blackwell will call time on her record-breaking playing career at the end of this Women’s Big Bash League. The 36-year-old, who stepped away from international cricket couple of years and now represents Sydney Thunder, has confirmed that the ongoing domestic season would be her 19th and last.
Blackwell scored 65 off 47 balls in a victory over Melbourne Stars on Wednesday (November 27), which is when she made the announcement.
“I’d decided before the match that I was going to retire,” Blackwell said after the game. “It’s got to come to an end at some point. There’s been many highlights, but what’s been really cool is watching the next generation of Thunder players grabbing their opportunities. It’s been very special to be a part of that – I’m really satisfied.
“I’ve been really happy with mentoring out in the middle. I had an opportunity against the Stars to bat with [16-year-old] Phoebe Litchfield and Saskia Horley. It was good to talk to them about what the good options were to go to – and to help clarify in their minds what was on, and where to back themselves.”