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England must build on Edwards – Connor

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Charlotte Edwards (left) and Clare Connor

There must be greater focus on the English grassroots game to build on the legacy of Charlotte Edwards, says the head of England women’s cricket.

Edwards, 36, retired on Wednesday and is the only player – man or woman – to captain England in 200 internationals.

“Grassroots is an area we’ve not taken enough care of recently,” said England women’s cricket director Clare Connor.

“We must make sure we look after every player and make sure they are as valued as Charlotte Edwards.”

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Connor, herself a former England captain, added that the grassroots game would be “an area of investment” for the England and Wales Cricket Board “over the next few years” as they try to capitalise on the ‘Chance to Shine’