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.
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.
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”.
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.
- Edwards is the first female cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals. Edwards is the first player, either male or female, to score 2500 runs in T20 internationals.
- Led England on 220 occasions. England won three Ashes series (2008, 2013 and 2014) and World Cup/World Twenty20 double in 2009 under the captaincy of Edwards.
- Edwards was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to cricket.
- She was also the first female cricketer to have scored 1000 runs, to take 50 wickets as well as to have taken 50 catches in Women’s One Day Internationals
Women’s International Centuries”]
Women’s Test Centuries
|Charlotte Edward’s Test centuries|
|1||108||5||India||Shenley, England||Denis Compton Oval||1999|
|2||117||11||New Zealand||Scarborough, England||North Marine Road Ground||2004|
|3||105||16||India||Taunton, England||County Ground||2006|
|4||112||19||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Bankstown Oval||2011|
Women’s One Day International Centuries
|Charlotte Edward’s One Day International centuries|
|1||102||2||South Africa||Taunton, England||County Ground||1997|
|2||173*||7||Ireland||Pune, India||Nehru Stadium, Pune||1997|
|3||139*||33||Netherlands||Lincoln, New Zealand||Bert Sutcliffe Oval||2000|
|4||102||51||South Africa||East London, South Africa||Buffalo Park||2004|
|5||138||144||South Africa||Potchefstroom, South Africa||Senwes Park||2011|
|6||137*||157||New Zealand||Lincoln, New Zealand||Bert Sutcliffe Oval||2012|
|7||109||162||India||Mumbai, India||Brabourne Stadium||2013|
|8||106*||167||New Zealand||Mumbai, India||Brabourne Stadium||2013|
|9||108*||180||India||Scarborough, England||North Marine Road Ground||2014|