South Australia all-rounder Sarah Coyte retired from all form of cricket at the age of 25. The women player, who has been with Adelaide Strikers stepped down from international cricket last year. The player, reportedly, was fighting with mental health issues. Coyte’s family has a strong cricketing background. Scott Coyte, her brother, has been playing with Sydney Thunders in BBL. He also plays for Blues. Sarah Coyte has been a remarkable player who had a consistent performance in ODI. She has a batting average of 22.27 and a bowling average of 22.27 playing since 2011. She played 30 ODI alongside the Australia Women team.
Coyte has been suffering with anorexia nervosa. She decided to do away with cricket to work on personal development and spent quality time with her family. She said the last two seasons in BBL were the best and she had “most fun” of her career in the stint. She played along with Scorpions and Strikers in the tournament. The player said she would miss the team as she enjoyed being around. The player has an excellent T20 record as well as in test cricket with the ball. Bidding adieu, she thanked South Australia Cricket Association for everything they did and for the support throughout the “hard times.”
About her further plans, the women cricketers said she will move to Sydney to live with her family and restore some balance to her life. She admitted that she realized how much she missed her family. The player is glad to be back home. She confirmed her leave from domestic cricket altogether to refocus on herself and her loved ones. The player was among the match winners in several domestic tournaments like WNCL and NSW, playing for Scorpions.
Andrea McCauley, Scorpions coach accoladed the player as a great influence over the young players. The coach also said that Coyte became an example through her commitment to strength and conditioning. McCauley lamented that it’s disappointing to lose such a quality player like Sarah Coyte.
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