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Charlotte Marie Edwards CBE (born 17 December 1979) is an English former professional cricketer who was captain of the England women’s team. Edwards announced her retirement from international cricket in May 2016 and from all cricket in September 2017.

International career

At the time when she made her England debut in 1996, she became the youngest player ever to play for England later bettered by teammate Holly Colvin.

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, fell below expectations. In 2000, she was sidelined by a serious cruciate ligament injury sustained while playing hockey, and causing 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 when Clare Connor was injured, and was appointed full-time when Connor retired in March 2006. She plays her county cricket for Kent, whom she captains.

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 won the ICC Woman’s player of the year 2008 at the ICC awards ceremony at Dubai. She 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 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 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, before recording an unbeaten half century in the second innings to help England team 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 team against Sri Lanka. This appearance gave her the record number of ODI appearances, beating Australian Karen Rolton‘s 141. She 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 as “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 out of England’s first innings of 207 all out.

In 2014, Edwards was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. She was the second English women’s cricketer to be so honoured, following on from Claire Taylor who was similarly cited in 2009.

She is the holder of one of the first tranche of 18 ECB central contracts for women players.

Career Highlights

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Women’s Test Centuries

Charlotte Edward’s Test centuries
# Runs Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 108 5 IndiaIndia Shenley, England Denis Compton Oval 1999
2 117 11 New ZealandNew Zealand Scarborough, England North Marine Road Ground 2004
3 105 16 IndiaIndia Taunton, England County Ground 2006
4 112 19 AustraliaAustralia Sydney, Australia Bankstown Oval 2011

Women’s One Day International Centuries

Charlotte Edward’s One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 102 2 South AfricaSouth Africa Taunton, England County Ground 1997
2 173* 7  Ireland Pune, India Nehru Stadium, Pune 1997
3 139* 33 NetherlandsNetherlands Lincoln, New Zealand Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2000
4 102 51 South AfricaSouth Africa East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 2004
5 138 144 South AfricaSouth Africa Potchefstroom, South Africa Senwes Park 2011
6 137* 157 New ZealandNew Zealand Lincoln, New Zealand Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2012
7 109 162 IndiaIndia Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 2013
8 106* 167 New ZealandNew Zealand Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 2013
9 108* 180 IndiaIndia Scarborough, England North Marine Road Ground 2014