England women captain retires from international cricket

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England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards has announced her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced on its official website.

During her time in charge of the national team, she has lead them to World Cup, World T20 and Ashes success.

Edwards struck over 10,000 runs in 309 games across all formats at the top of the England order.She also made more than 10,000 runs across the formats at the top of the order for her country, and won a record 309 caps.

Edwards struck over 10,000 runs in 309 games across all formats at the top of the England order. I have given 20 years to playing for England and I leave very proud of the standing in which the women’s game is held and of my contribution as a player and captain. As a 16-year-old girl making my debut for England, I couldn’t have dreamt that I would have had such an amazing time with so much success. I’ve travelled the world, won World Cups and Ashes series and shared it all with some of my closest friends.

However, nothing lasts forever. I believe now is the right time for a new captain to lead the team forward and for young players to be given more opportunities to make their mark on the international game. After honest and open discussions with Mark, it became clear that he wants to build a new team and I fully support that. I would have loved to have carried on and whilst I am disappointed that I won’t be doing so, I fully understand and respect what Mark is looking to do. This is a new era and he wants other players to come to the fore to build a strong team.

Wefornews bureau

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