Charlotte Edwards has retired from international cricket after a highly successful 20-year England career. Ecb.co.uk looks back on some of the most notable achievements from her remarkable time at the pinnacle of the sport.
Edwards became England's youngest player when she made her debut in a Test against New Zealand in 1996, aged 16 years and 208 days - a record since lowered by Holly Colvin. She made 34 in the first innings, sharing in an opening stand of 63 with Jan Brittin, and 31 in the second. It did not take long for Edwards to establish herself as a key player for England and she made a then record score in women's ODIs of 173 not out against Ireland the day before her 18th birthday in December 1997.
200 games as captain
Edwards first captained England in 2005, initially as a deputy for the injured Clare Connor, before taking over full-time when Connor retired the following year. Three Ashes wins, a World Cup and a World T20 followed before she marked 200 games as captain with a five-wicket Twenty20 win over New Zealand in February 2015. In all, her 220 games as captain have yielded a 142-65 win-loss record along with four Test draws, a tied Twenty20 against Australia in 2010 and eight no-results in limited-overs cricket.
World player of the year
Edwards was named the ICC's Women's Player of the Year at the organisation's 2008 awards ceremony after she piled up 494 ODI runs at 61.75 with five half-centuries, made 154 runs for one dismissal in three T20I games in two days against South Africa in August and added 94 and 14 not out in her only Test of the year. She has been chosen as England Women's player of the year on four occasions and in 2014 was among Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year, following Claire Taylor in 2009 as only the second woman to be included on the list.
Annus mirabilis in 2009
Edwards enjoyed her finest hour as captain in 2009 as England won the World Cup and the World Twenty20 and retained the Ashes. They won six wins out of seven in the World Cup in Australia, beating New Zealand by four wickets in the final, Edwards with 57 and a career-best 4-37 in the Super Six game against the same opposition. She then contributed 139 runs and four wickets to the victorious T20 campaign, again clinched by victory over New Zealand, and made an unbeaten 53 as England batted out for a draw in the one-off Ashes Test to defend the trophy they won down under the previous year. Edwards was named an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June, and has since graduated to a CBE.
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