Clea Smith pulls up stumps
Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit and Southern Stars player Clea Smith has announced her retirement from all forms of the game following a 14-year career and more than a decade representing her country.
The 33-year-old fast bowler - who played 141 matches for Victoria as well as one Test (against England in 2005), 48 ODIs and 13 T20Is for Australia - said that it was "time to move on".
"I have had wonderful experiences through cricket, achieved more than I thought I ever could and it feels like there are now other things in life I want to do," Smith said.
Smith cited being a part of the Southern Stars' successful ICC World Twenty20 campaign in 2010 and her WNCL titles with VicSpirit as her favourite memories during her time in the middle.
"The ICC World Twenty20 in Barbados was a surreal experience - going from thinking I wasn't being picked to winning the Final off the last ball was incredible," Smith said.
"The WNCL titles just meant the world to me, to win with the people you have shared blood, sweat and tears with every day," said Smith, who played 117 WNCL and 24 WT20 matches for Victoria, claiming 157 wickets between 1998 and 2011.
Smith is one of only three bowlers, with Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit coach and Southern Stars head coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick and teammate Kristen Beams, to have taken a hat-trick in the WNCL and recognises Fitzpatrick as the best player she has played with.
"She has had an incredible influence on my entire career; her preparation showed me what I had to do to make it as a bowler," Smith said.
The 33-year-old is hoping to maintain some role within cricket.
"I would love to give back to the game, in what role that would be we will see."
Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit captain Emma Inglis said Smith would be hard to replace.
"An opening bowler of Clea's calibre, who has opened the bowling for Australia, is going to leave a big hole in the side but it is a great opportunity for the young fast bowlers like Annie-Rose Maloney to step up," Inglis said.
"She was always a vibrant character in the group and got pretty fired up... she will be missed."
Career Stats (courtesy Bronwyn Calver):
Full name: Clea Rosemary Smith
DOB: 6 January, 1979
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
160th player to represent Australia at senior level.
Test (Test player #147)
Debut: 1st Test 9-12/8/05 v England, Hove
46 runs at 23.00
Higest score: 42
1 wicket at 25.00
Best bowling: 1/25
ODI (ODI player #90):
Debut: 29/1/00 v England, SCG
85 runs at 14.17,
Highest score: 27* v New Zealand 16/6/11
45 wickets at 25.69
Best bowling: 4/32 v New Zealand 14/6/11
T20Is (T20 player #18):
Debut: 19/7/07 v New Zealand, Darwin
5 runs at 1.25,
14 wickets at 22.21
Best bowling: 3/23 v New Zealand 20/2/11
WNCL (Vic player #118)
Debut: 21/11/98 V Queensland, Moorabbin Oval
511 runs at 15.48
127 wickets at 23.91
Best bowling: 5/10 v Western Fury 24/11/07
WT20 (Vic player #14)
Debut: 10/1/08 V SA Scorpions, Adelaide Oval
39 runs at 19.50
30 wickets at 15.60
Best bowling: 3/13 v Tasmania 25/11/11