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Sarah Taylor retires from international cricket because of anxiety condition after 13-year England career  


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Sarah Taylor retires from international cricket because of anxiety condition after 13-year England career


England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has made the “tough” decision to retire from international cricket after citing her ongoing battle with anxiety.

Since making her England debut in 2006, the 30-year-old made 226 appearances for her country, establishing herself as one of the world's finest players behind the stumps.

Across that time she has scored 6,533 international runs - second on England Women's all-time list of run-scorers, while nobody in the history of the women's game has effected more dismissals across all three formats than Taylor’s 232.

Taylor’s anxiety has affected her ability to enjoy the game in recent years, and it is for that reason that she has decided to step away from the international arena.

"This has been a tough decision but I know it's the right one, for me and for my health moving forward,” said Taylor. “I can't thank my team-mates enough, both past and present, and the England Cricket Board for being supporters and friends along my journey.

"Playing for England and getting to wear the shirt for so long has been a dream come true and I have been blessed with so many great moments throughout my career. From making my debut in 2006, to Ashes wins, and of course the World Cup final at Lord's, to name just a few.

"I've also been blessed with travelling the world and making lifelong friends along the way. To be right in the thick of women's cricket as it's gone from strength to strength - not only in England, but across the world - has been an amazing experience, and I can look back on what women's cricket has achieved with great pride at playing some small part in it.

"The England girls are role models on and off the field, and they have undoubtedly inspired - and will continue to inspire - so many young people to take up the game, girls and boys. I can't wait to see the heights that this team can reach.

"I am extremely proud of my career. I leave with my head held high and with excitement for what my future holds and what my next chapter brings."