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Cricket - 17. November 2010.

Charlotte Edwards becomes the most capped player in women's cricket

Charlotte Edwards has become the most capped female cricket player in the world after she captained her side in her 142nd One Day International, against Sri Lanka women at the P Sara Oval, in Colombo today.

Edwards has played 142 One Day International matches for England since making her international debut at the age of 16, in the third Test against New Zealand at Guilford in 1996.

The England skipper took over the reins in 2005 and has now captained England women in a record 67 One Day International matches-the most by a man or women in English cricket.

2009 was undoubtedly the most successful year for England women's cricket as the team became double World Champions and retained the women's Ashes, all under the leadership of Edwards.

In her international career to date Edwards has scored 4105 runs, including four centuries, taken 47 wickets, has a highest score of 173 not out and is currently ranked sixth in the women's world batting rankings.

Edwards said: 'I'm very proud of my achievement. It's been an unbelievable journey.

'I dreamed of playing for England and I got the opportunity very young. It seems a long time ago - a lot has happened along the way. It's been a long journey with a lot of highs and lows but more recently a lot of highs.

'I'm as motivated as anything now and want to keep making this team successful.'

Clare Connor, Head of Women's Cricket at the ECB said: 'Charlotte Edwards has been a force in international women's cricket for nearly 15 years and continues to lead the England team with unrivalled enthusiasm, passion and dedication.  She is a credit to women's cricket, both in England and globally, and a superb role model for young girls who aspire to play for their country.  We are all very proud of her outstanding record.'
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