'A fighter, leader, record-breaker'

All smiles: Harmanpreet Kaur and Alex Blackwell PA Images

Team-mate Ellyse Perry was among the first people to react to Alex Blackwell's retirement on Twitter.

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards congratulated her on a long career as well.

Current Australia captain and NSW team-mate Rachael Haynes underlined Alex "Seal" Blackwell's commitment to hard work.

Reactions on Blackwell's retirement came from all over the world. The former Pakistan captain weighed in...

...And so did the Pakistan batsman Javeria Khan

India's Jhulan Goswami, too, was all praise for Blackwell.

Australia team-mate Jess Jonassen underlined how Blackwell has inspired many through her career.

As did Erin Osborne...

Rene Farrell, too, followed suit

England captain Heather Knight wished well for a 'fierce competitor' of hers.

One of Blackwell's Trans-Tasman rivals wasn't too far behind.

Former England batsman Lydia Greenway lauded Blackwell's off-field contribution as well.

A young team-mate of Blackwell had a message for her fishing buddy.

The Australia men's captain joined in soon.

A word on Blackwell's love of cricket, by Mel Jones

Blackwell, however, will continue to play franchise cricket: as captain of Sydney Thunder in the Women's Big Bash League.