Australian Alex Blackwell has announced her retirement from international cricket after a hugely successful 15-year career with her country, according to a report on The Cricketer.

Blackwell, who was the vice-captain of the Australia women’s team, believes that it is the right time for her to retire after several years of success with Australia.

Blackwell won two World Cups during her career as well as three World T20 crowns, making her one of the best women players of all time.

She will take the field for one last time this weekend in the Women’s National Cricket League final against Western Australia.

Blackwell has featured an incredible 251 times for her country which makes her the record appearance maker and will continue to captain the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.

She said:

I think it’s really nice to be able to finish at a time when I feel my game has never felt stronger, I also become increasingly interested and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, that may require my playing days to wrap up.

The decision to retire was final in this season, I’m happy about that decision and excited about the opportunities again.

I believe I’ll always be involved in cricket in some capacity. To have a career as long as I have, you accumulate many skills and expertise and experiences which you can share.

Blackwell is likely to go into the coaching side of cricket as she hopes to pass on her knowledge and expertise to the rising female cricket stars.