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New Zealand women's cricket captain Watkins plans to quit


June 11, 2011 - Wellington

New Zealand women's cricket captain Aimee Watkins has said that the upcoming tour to Australia and England would be the last of her decade-long international cricket career.

Watkins said injury and a desire to do something outside of cricket had brought about the decision.

"I've been playing internationals for 10 years, so I've had a pretty good run and there are other things I want to do, including getting a full time job," Stuff.co.nz quoted Watkins, as saying.

"So I'm looking forward to finishing up and then coming back and getting on with the next stage," she added.

Watkins has been facing a knee injury problem for the past two years.

"It's definitely slowed me down a bit and I do most of my training on the bike now while trying to prolong my career. I had minor surgery on it a while ago which didn't help a lot," she said.

Team coach Gary Stead said that the team would need a new captain and that they have been working on a succession plan.

"We have been working on a succession plan but there is nothing for the team after this tour until February so we have plenty of time to sort things out," said Stead.

ANI

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