CRICKET: Australian bowler Rene Farrell has announced her retirement from One-Day International cricket, effective immediately.
A veteran of 44 ODIs, 30-year-old Farrell has led the Australian attack for nearly a decade, with her notorious ability to swing the ball earning her 42 wickets with career best figures of 3-17.
Farrell said with the World Cup approaching now was the right time to make the announcement as she felt she no longer had the form to compete at that level.
"With preparations about to begin ahead of this year's World Cup, the time felt right for me to retire from one-day cricket for Australia," she said.
"I've had mixed fortunes in this format over the last few years and I no longer feel I can give what is required to compete at this level.
"It was an honour to be a part of the ICC Women's Championship and to be part of the inaugural winning side is something I regard as very special in my ODI career.
"I still have the desire to represent Australia in the T20 and Test arenas and look forward to spending more time with the NSW Breakers and taking on more of a mentoring role to help our up and coming players progress to the next level.
"I'd like to wish all teams the very best of luck for the World Cup and I know that that those picked to represent Australia will do us proud."
Farrell will still be available for selection in Australia's Twenty20 and Test teams and will continue to play domestic cricket for her native (NSW) Lendlease Breakers, the Sydney Thunder in the Rebel WBBL and England's Kia Super League side the Surrey Stars.