Charlotte Edwards

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Charlotte Edwards
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Personal information
Full nameCharlotte Marie Edwards
Born (1979-12-17) 17 December 1979 (age 42)
Huntingdon, England
BowlingRight-arm leg break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 123)12 July 1996 v New Zealand
Last Test11 August 2015 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 73)15 August 1997 v South Africa
Last ODI14 February 2016 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.23
T20I debut (cap 3)5 August 2004 v New Zealand
Last T20I30 March 2016 v Australia
Domestic team information
1994–1999East Anglia
2000/01, 2002/03Northern Districts
2014/15Western Australia
2015/16Perth Scorchers
2016–2017Southern Vipers
2016/17South Australia
2016/17Adelaide Strikers
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WLA
Matches 23 191 95 407
Runs scored 1,676 5,992 2,605 16,644
Batting average 44.10 38.16 32.97 51.85
100s/50s 4/9 9/46 0/12 42/104
Top score 117 173* 92* 199*
Balls bowled 1,118 1,627 303 7,593
Wickets 12 54 9 204
Bowling average 48.08 21.74 36.66 23.10
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/28 4/30 3/21 5/31
Catches/stumpings 10/– 52/– 16/– 133/–
Source: CricketArchive, 14 March 2021

Charlotte Marie Edwards CBE (born 17 December 1979) is a former English professional cricketer who was captain of the England women's team.[1][2] Edwards, who retired from international cricket in May 2016[3][4] and from all cricket in September 2017,[5] was England's then youngest cricketer on her debut, and broke a world scoring record before her 18th birthday, one of many firsts in an international career of 20 years. Her leadership of the England team, from 2005, included successful Ashes series, and world titles in one-day and Twenty20 formats of the game.

Edwards also played for Kent, Hampshire, Southern Vipers, and for teams in Australia. In addition to awards as ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year, Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and ECB Cricketer of the Year awards Edwards was also appointed MBE and CBE for her services to cricket.

Following her playing career, she became Director of Women's Cricket at Hampshire in 2018. She then became Head Coach of her former team Southern Vipers in 2020, and lead them to the first two Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy titles.[6] She also coaches Southern Brave in The Hundred.[7] In 2021, the new English domestic women's Twenty20 competition, the Charlotte Edwards Cup, was named after her in recognition of her contribution to English cricket.[8]

International career[edit]

When she made her England debut in 1996, Edwards was the youngest player ever to play for England, a record she held until Holly Colvin was capped, aged 15, in 2005.

In 1997, she scored 12 centuries, including one off 118 balls against the touring South Africans. The day before her 18th birthday, she scored a then-record ODI score of 173 not out in a World Cup match against Ireland women's cricket team. In 1998–99, she scored her maiden Test hundred against India, but, while still scoring runs, her performances fell below expectations. In 2000, she was sidelined by a serious cruciate ligament injury sustained while playing hockey that caused her to miss most of the 2001 season.

In 2005, she stepped up from her role as England vice-captain to take full charge of the side while Clare Connor was injured, and was appointed full-time captain when Connor retired in March 2006. Edwards was also captaining her county Kent.

Edwards batting for Perth Scorchers, 2015

She played her 100th One-Day International on tour in Australia and led her team to victory in the one-off test match at Bowral to retain The Ashes, scoring 94 in England's first innings, and hitting the winning runs in the second.

She was awarded the ICC Woman's player of the year 2008 at the ICC awards in Dubai.

Edwards led the England team in the 2009 World Cup in Australia, scoring a half century and taking a career best 4 for 37 in the Super Six round victory over New Zealand, before captaining the side to a 4-wicket victory over the same opposition in the World Cup Final in Sydney.

She led the England team to victory at Lord's in the final of the World Twenty20 Championship in June 2009. She scored 139 runs in the tournament, the third highest total, and took 4 wickets at 14.5 apiece. Later that summer she recorded an unbeaten half century in the second innings to help England to retain The Ashes with a draw in the one-off Ashes test at New Road in Worcester.

On 17 November 2010, she won her 142nd One Day International cap when she captained England against Sri Lanka[9] to break the world record of 141 ODI appearances held by Australia's Karen Rolton. Edwards took a career best 4 for 30 in the game. Clare Connor, the England and Wales Cricket Board's Head of Women's Cricket, praised Edwards' achievement, calling her "a credit to women's cricket globally, a superb role model for girls who aspire to play for their country".

She scored her first Ashes century in England's one-off Test against Australia at Bankstown Oval on 22 January 2010, finishing unbeaten on 114 from an England first innings total of 207 all out.

In 2014, Edwards was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. She was just the second English women's cricketer to be so honoured after Claire Taylor in 2009.[10]

She was the holder of one of the first tranche of 18 ECB central contracts for women players.[11]

Career highlights[edit]



  1. ^ "Charlotte Edwards' American adventure". 2 July 2017. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Charlotte Edwards | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Edwards brings end to 20-year career". ESPNcricinfo. 11 May 2016. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Charlotte Edwards: England captain retires from international cricket". BBC Sport. 11 May 2016. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Edwards announces professional retirement". ESPNcricinfo. September 2017. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Charlotte Edwards Appointed New Southern Vipers Head Coach". The Ageas Bowl. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Two Greats Of The Game Sign Up For The Hundred". The Ageas Bowl. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Women's Regional T20 Competition is named Charlotte Edwards Cup". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  9. ^ "England news: Charlotte Edwards achieves world record one-day cap | Women's Cricket Cricket News". ESPNcricinfo. 17 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Review: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014 | Cricinfo Magazine". ESPNcricinfo. 9 April 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  11. ^ "England women earn 18 new central contracts". BBC. 6 May 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Records | Women's Twenty20 Internationals | ESPN Cricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Charlotte Edwards becoming first cricketer to score 2,000 T20I runs goes unnoticed – Latest Cricket News, Articles & Videos at". Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Captain of Kent and The Southern Vipers".
  15. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 16.
  16. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b9.
  17. ^ Daily Telegraph, page S28, 14 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Records | Women's One-Day Internationals | All-round records | 1000 runs, 50 wickets and 50 catches | ESPN Cricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  19. ^ "England Cricketer of Year Awards 2013–2014". European Central Bank. 9 June 2014. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Root and Edwards scoop England awards". European Central Bank. 18 May 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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Preceded by ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
Succeeded by