England women’s team skipper, Charlotte Edwards has called it a day for international cricket. The legendary cricketer put a full stop to her illustrious career after having an open discussion with her coach, Mark Robinson.
Edwards wanted to continue playing for England, but, she supported the cause of her coach, “It became clear that Mark wants to build a new team and I fully support that,”
“I would have loved to have carried on. Whilst I am disappointed that I won’t be doing so, I fully understand and respect what Mark is looking to do,”
“Everyone who knows me – and how much I love playing for England – will appreciate what a difficult decision it has been for me to retire from international cricket. However, nothing lasts forever,” she added,” she said.
Charlotte Edwards had a glorious career for England, she led her team to win World Cup 2009 and World T20 titles. English girls also won four Ashes series under her leadership.
The 36-year old made her international debut back in 1996 and she is still the youngest cricketer for England to play at the highest level cricket. In her 20 year long career, she scored more than 10,000 in international cricket and remained a prolific player for England throughout her career.
She is the only captain in the history of international cricket, who has captained her country in 200 international games.
Edwards hold the record for being the highest scorer in women cricket ODI history with 5,992 runs in 191 matches at an average of 38.16. Whereas, she has scored 1,676 runs in 23 test matches and 2,605 runs in 95 T20 internationals.
The English skipper won the women cricketer of the year in 2008 and awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list in 2014. She is also the second women cricketer to be named as the Wisden cricketer of the year in 2014.
Clare Connor, the ECB director of England Women’s Cricket said in the honor of England’s legend, “It is impossible to quantify Charlotte’s contribution to England women’s cricket in a few words, so great has her influence and inspiration been as a leader, and so prolific her record as a batsman. She has given everything to playing cricket for England and the game will forever owe her a huge debt of gratitude.”
Charlotte Edwards will keep playing domestic cricket and will captain the Southern Vipers in the first edition of the KIA Super League this summer and will also lead Kent in the Royal London Women’s One Day Championship.