Sydney Sixers player Sarah Aley has announced her official retirement from WBBL on her Instagram page.
Despite having won their last match against the Melbourne Stars, the Sydney Sixers Women had failed to make it to the tournament finals. It was after that said match where 36-year-old player Sarah Aley went to her Instagram account to formally announce her retirement.
She posted her pictures with the team and a caption which says, ‘Well the cat is outta the bag... It’s time to call it a day. Have loved every moment in magenta with the @sixersbbl’. There, she also added some of her fond memories with the team.
Aley’s teammate Alyssa Healy also stated that she and her teammates had always believed that Aley would go out in style. In the post-match press conference, she says, ‘She's really busy working full-time outside of cricket and taking up some coaching roles so I think that's the last time that we'll see her out here which is such a shame considering she had more energy than the 17, 18-year-olds out there today in the field’.
‘She's been such a good mate of mine and such a good team-mate to have alongside you and she's done some amazing things for the Sixers. She's just one of those true champions of the game that people will talk about and in 10 to 15 years' time, “remember Sarah Aley?” and everyone who played with her said, “yep, I remember the passion that she brought to the game”, so it will be a sad loss’, she added.
In her professional career, Aley played one ODI for Australia against Pakistan at the 2017 World Cup. She also took part in two T20Is against Australia later that year.
Ever since WBBL started, Aley had played with the Sydney Sixers. In the all-time list of the leading wicket-takers of the league, she ranks 4th with her record of having taken 89 wickets. To date, her 28-wicket haul in a single WBBL season remains unbeaten. To learn more about the WBBL, check out its counterpart, the Big Bash League, on Betwala.
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