Australian opening bat Leah Poulton has announced her retirement from international ODIs. She will continue to play in the T20 format of the game.
Poulton first made the Aussie ODI team in 2006 after a good domestic season. She started her international career with a duck, but hit a century in her third ODI against New Zealand in the Rose Bowl series of 2006. In all she has played in 48 ODIs and has scored 1033 runs at an average of just over 25. She has scored 2 hundreds and four 50s.
Her last series was again against the White Ferns in the Rose Bowl series just before Christmas, but she had a poor series, scoring just 24 runs in 3 innings. She had been named in the provisional 30 player Australian squad for the forthcoming World Cup. The Aussies will now have to look for an alternative opener for that tournament and beyond.