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Edwards set to quit as England captain

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Charlotte Edwards bats in the 2016 World T20 semi-finals

Charlotte Edwards is expected to announce she is stepping down as England women’s captain after a decade in the role.

Made a CBE in 2014, the 36-year-old last year became the first player – man or woman – to captain England in 200 internationals.

Edwards led England to the 2009 World Cup and World T20 titles and won four Ashes series against Australia.

She was also the first woman to join the MCC world cricket committee.

England women were awarded central contracts for the first time in 2014 but they have not had global success since becoming professional.

They relinquished the Ashes to Australia last summer and lost in the semi-finals of the 2016 World T20.

Edwards is still set to skipper Southern Vipers in the inaugural Kia Super League, where six teams will compete in a new Twenty20 competition, which runs from 30 July to 14 August.

Edwards for England
Tests: 1,676 runs from 23 matches at 44.10 average; four centuries and nine fifties
ODIs: 5,992 runs from 191 matches at 38.16; nine centuries and 46 fifties
T20s: 2,605 runs from 95 matches at 32.97; 12 fifties

Analysis

Test Match Special commentator Charles Dagnall:

“A true end of an era but in my opinion it is time to move on. Results recently not to standard, and while that’s not her fault entirely, tactically she’d fallen behind a few and I think she favoured tried and trusted players for too long.

“Mark Robinson wants to take the team in a new direction and I hope that Edwards is a part of it as she is still world class.

“She has always been tremendously open, an absolute pro. Honest and upfront even when tough questions had to be asked in defeat.

“Edwards has been the focal point of the new professional era for England women’s cricket and players should be grateful.”

Edwards’s career highlights
Made international debut against New Zealand in 1996, becoming the youngest player to represent England
Hit her highest ODI score of 173 not out against Ireland in the 1997 World Cup, the day before her 18th birthday
Helped England win Ashes for first time in 42 years in 2005
Named women’s cricketer of the year by ICC in 2008
Guided England to victory in 2009 World Cup and World Twenty20
During 2013-2014, led England to back-to-back Ashes wins over Australia

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