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Sarah Coyte retires from domestic cricket

01 March 2017

After two seasons with the Breezair SA Scorpions and the Adelaide Strikers, former international player Sarah Coyte has announced her retirement from domestic cricket.

After moving to Adelaide from her home state of New South Wales to join the Adelaide Strikers and Scorpions for the 2015/16 season, Coyte slotted in seamlessly to the playing group.

She will relocate back to Sydney in April to be close to her family and to concentrate on her career in health and fitness.

The 25-year-old talented all-rounder has been an asset to the Scorpions and Strikers over the last two seasons after stepping down from international cricket to focus on her mental and physical health.

Coyte played four Test matches, 30 ODIs and 47 T20Is for Australia from 2010, until she retired from the highest level in early 2016.

Her contribution to the 2015 Women’s National Cricket League campaign was instrumental toward the Scorpions’ season title, overcoming New South Wales in the Final.

In 2016 WNCL season, Coyte finished with 115 runs and nine wickets from six matches, while her bowling shone in WBBL|02, claiming seven wickets and best figures of 2/13.

Scorpions and Strikers head coach Andrea McCauley is sad to see Coyte leave the Scorpions playing group.

“Since joining SA, Sarah has had such a great influence over the young players, especially in terms of her commitment to strength and conditioning,” McCauley said.

“She really led the way for the younger Scorps and showed them just what it takes to be an elite athlete.

“It’s disappointing to lose such a quality player. I have enjoyed having Sarah as part of the group for the past two seasons but it’s so important that she looks after herself and does whatever it is she wants to do with her life next. I truly wish her all the best for this new chapter.”

Coyte says playing with South Australia has been the most enjoyable part of her playing career.

“The last two seasons with the Scorpions and the Strikers have been the best and most fun of my career," she said.

"I will miss the girls so much; I have really enjoyed being around them.

“I want to thank SACA for everything they have done for me and the support they have offered during some hard times.

“I am going home to Sydney to be close to my family and restore some balance to my life. I have been realising lately how much I have missed my family and it is finally time for me to go home.

“I am not going back home to play for New South Wales, I am leaving domestic cricket altogether to refocus on myself and my loved ones.”

The South Australian Cricket Association and the Adelaide Strikers would like to thank Sarah for her outstanding contribution to women’s cricket, and wish her all the best for her next journey.  

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