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Cricket Australia has congratulated former Australian cricketer Sarah Coyte on an outstanding career. Coyte announced her retirement from all forms of the game, having represented Australia’s Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 teams, the NSW Breakers and SA Scorpions in the Women’s National Cricket League and more recently, the Adelaide Strikers in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
After making a name for herself in the Twenty20 arena, Coyte, 25, earned herself a national call-up in December 2010 against New Zealand, and went on to play a further 46 T20 matches, four Tests and 30 One-Day Internationals for Australia.
A key contributor as an all-rounder with her medium-paced bowling and valuable skills as a lower-order batter, Coyte was a member of Australia’s 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 winning side as well as helping Australia reclaim the Women’s Ashes in England in 2015.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “On behalf of the board and everyone at Cricket Australia, we congratulate Sarah on a wonderful career, both internationally and domestically, and thank her for the wonderful contribution she has made to Australian cricket.
“She played a key role in making the Australian team the formidable side it is, and should be proud of her efforts and what she achieved in her career.
“Sarah always showed a great deal of fight and passion when playing for her country, and we thank her for her commitment to the green and gold.”
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph last year, Coyte had spoken about her battle with anorexia. The youngster said, “When I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa it was no surprise. I’d been hiding it for a long time and it was something I was ashamed of. I used my lifestyle as a way to try and deal with it... I want to let people know it’s okay to struggle with something and it’s okay to not be okay.
“Professional athletes train and play and live the dream. But that’s not the reality. It’s not all fun and games. A lot of my times, the bad outweighed the good. People don’t realise what you go through to get to where you get.”
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