Australian netball star Caitlin Thwaites announces international retirement

Thwaites scores again on the road to the World Cup Final in Liverpool (PA Images)
8:53am, Thu 24 Oct 2019
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Australian Diamonds shooter Caitlin Thwaites has announced that she will retire from international netball after Sunday's Constellation Cup decider against the Silver Ferns.

The 32-year-old was first named in the Australian squad in 2006 and made her official debut in 2012. Since then she has played 54 tests for the Diamonds, scoring 1100 goals with a formidable 92 per cent accuracy.

Other career highlights for the Aussie star include captaining the side during this year's Quad series, as well as gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 World Cup, and silver medals at the 2018 and 2019 versions of the same events

Thwaites reflected on her successful career but also acknowledged it was time to move on and allow room for the next generation of players.

"I feel a great sense of pride when thinking about how I have contributed to what the Diamonds have achieved over the past 10 years," she said.

She continued by adding: "Not only on the court but also in developing the culture of the team - I'm so proud I have been a part of that evolution.

"It's a great time for me to step aside because we have so much incredible talent coming through our ranks and it's a great opportunity to for the next crop of Diamonds to get some experience before our next benchmark events."

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander congratulated Thwaites on her glittering international career saying: "Caity has given her heart and soul for the Australian Diamonds and for her country, representing it on the international stage with distinction.

"Always putting team first, Caity has exemplified the 'Sisters in Arms' trademark with her passion for the programme, the staff and her team-mates."

She finished by adding: "She will be missed, however she leaves the programme after a magnificent contribution and in very, very good shape for the future."