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Edwards world's most capped player

Nov 17
2010


ECB Media Release
Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Charlotte Edwards becomes the most capped player in women’s cricket

Charlotte Edwards has become the most capped female cricket player in the world after she captained her side in her 142nd One Day International, against Sri Lanka women at the P Sara Oval, in Colombo today.

Edwards has played 142 One Day International matches for England since making her international debut at the age of 16, in the third Test against New Zealand at Guilford in 1996.

[Charlotte Edwards & The Ashes]

Charlotte Edwards holds the Ashes trophy after her team drew with Australia
at Worcester in 2009


The England skipper took over the reins in 2005 and has now captained England women in a record 67 One Day International matches - the most by a man or women in English cricket.

2009 was undoubtedly the most successful year for England women’s cricket as the team became double World Champions and retained the women’s Ashes, all under the leadership of Edwards.

In her international career to date Edwards has scored 4105 runs, including four centuries, taken 47 wickets, has a highest score of 173 not out and is currently ranked sixth in the women’s world batting rankings.

Edwards said: ‘I’m very proud of my achievement. It’s been an unbelievable journey.
‘I dreamed of playing for England and I got the opportunity very young. It seems a long time ago - a lot has happened along the way. It's been a long journey with a lot of highs and lows but more recently a lot of highs.

‘I’m as motivated as anything now and want to keep making this team successful.’
Clare Connor, Head of Women’s Cricket at the ECB said: ‘Charlotte Edwards has been a force in international women's cricket for nearly 15 years and continues to lead the England team with unrivalled enthusiasm, passion and dedication. She is a credit to women's cricket, both in England and globally, and a superb role model for young girls who aspire to play for their country. We are all very proud of her outstanding record.’

 

 

Personal Note: I have watched "Lottie" bat in almost all her international appearances in England and in the World Cups of 2005 and 2009. Indeed it was some of her early performances which made me decide that women's cricket was worth a watch, and a young Edwards batting alongside Jan Brittin will be one of my enduring memories in this sport. At the time she was the youngest player to have represented her country.

I would also highlight her first international century at Taunton in 1997. I watched it at the time (and on several occasions since thanks to the magic of  the VCR - and now DVD), and anyone in that crowd could have told you there were many fine innings to come.

Don