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Charlotte Edwards
Personal information
Full name Charlotte Marie Edwards
Born 17 December 1979 (1979-12-17) (age 41)
Huntingdon, England
Nickname Lottie, Chief
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Batter
International information
Test debut (cap 123) 12 July 1996 v New Zealand
Last Test 11 August 2015 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 73) 15 August 1997 v South Africa
Last ODI 14 February 2016 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 23
T20I debut (cap 3) 5 August 2004 v New Zealand
Last T20I 30 March 2016 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1994–1999 East Anglia
2000–2016 Kent
2000/01, 2002/03 Northern Districts
2014/15 Western Australia
2015/16 Perth Scorchers
2016–2017 Southern Vipers
2016/17 South Australia
2016/17 Adelaide Strikers
2017–2018 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WLA
Matches 23 191 95 407
Runs scored 1,676 5,992 2,605 16,644
Batting average 44.10 38.16 32.97 51.85
100s/50s 4/9 9/46 0/12 42/104
Top score 117 173* 92* 199*
Balls bowled 1,118 1,627 303 7,593
Wickets 12 54 9 204
Bowling average 48.08 21.74 36.66 23.10
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/28 4/30 3/21 5/31
Catches/stumpings 10/– 52/– 16/– 133/–

Charlotte Marie "Lottie" Edwards CBE (born 17 December 1979) is a former English professional cricketer who was captain of the England women's team. Edwards, who retired from international cricket in May 2016 and from all cricket in September 2017, was England's then youngest cricketer on her debut, and broke a world scoring record before her 18th birthday, one of many firsts in an international career of 20 years. Her leadership of the England team, from 2005, included successful Ashes series, and world titles in one-day and Twenty/20 formats of the game.

Edwards also played for Kent, Hampshire, and for teams in Australia. In addition to awards as ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year, Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and ECB Cricketer of the Year awards Edwards was also appointed MBE and CBE for her services to cricket.

International career

When she made her England debut in 1996, Edwards was the youngest player ever to play for England, a record she held until Holly Colvin was capped, aged 15, in 2005.

In 1997, she scored 12 centuries, including one off 118 balls against the touring South Africans. The day before her 18th birthday, she scored a then-record ODI score of 173 not out in a World Cup match against Ireland women's cricket team. In 1998–99, she scored her maiden Test hundred against India, but, while still scoring runs, her performances fell below expectations. In 2000, she was sidelined by a serious cruciate ligament injury sustained while playing hockey that caused her to miss most of the 2001 season.

In 2005, she stepped up from her role as England vice-captain to take full charge of the side while Clare Connor was injured, and was appointed full-time captain when Connor retired in March 2006. Edwards was also captaining her county Kent.

2015–16 WBBL PS v ST 15-12-28 Edwards (04)
Edwards batting for Perth Scorchers, 2015

She played her 100th One-Day International on tour in Australia and led her team to victory in the one-off test match at Bowral to retain The Ashes, scoring 94 in England's first innings, and hitting the winning runs in the second.

She was awarded the ICC Woman's player of the year 2008 at the ICC awards in Dubai.

Edwards led the England team in the 2009 World Cup in Australia, scoring a half century and taking a career best 4 for 37 in the Super Six round victory over New Zealand, before captaining the side to a 4-wicket victory over the same opposition in the World Cup Final in Sydney.

She led the England team to victory at Lord's in the final of the World Twenty20 Championship in June 2009. She scored 139 runs in the tournament, the third highest total, and took 4 wickets at 14.5 apiece. Later that summer she recorded an unbeaten half century in the second innings to help England to retain The Ashes with a draw in the one-off Ashes test at New Road in Worcester.

On 17 November 2010, she won her 142nd One Day International cap when she captained England against Sri Lanka to break the world record of 141 ODI appearances held by Australia's Karen Rolton. Edwards took a career best 4 for 30 in the game. Clare Connor, the England and Wales Cricket Board's Head of Women's Cricket, praised Edwards' achievement, calling her "a credit to women's cricket globally, a superb role model for girls who aspire to play for their country".

She scored her first Ashes century in England's one-off Test against Australia at Bankstown Oval on 22 January 2010, finishing unbeaten on 114 from an England first innings total of 207 all out.

In 2014, Edwards was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. She was just the second English women's cricketer to be so honoured after Claire Taylor in 2009.

She was the holder of one of the first tranche of 18 ECB central contracts for women players.

Career highlights

  • Edwards is the first female cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals. Edwards is the first player, either male or female, to score 2500 runs in T20 internationals.
  • Led England on 220 occasions. England won three Ashes series (2008, 2013 and 2014) and World Cup/World Twenty20 double in 2009 under the captaincy of Edwards.
  • Edwards was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to cricket.
  • She was also the first female cricketer to have scored 1000 runs, to take 50 wickets as well as to have taken 50 catches in Women's One Day Internationals.

Women's International Centuries

Women's Test Centuries

Charlotte Edwards' Test centuries
# Runs Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 108 5 IndiaIndia Shenley, England Denis Compton Oval 1999
2 117 11 New ZealandNew Zealand Scarborough, England North Marine Road Ground 2004
3 105 16 IndiaIndia Taunton, England County Ground 2006
4 112 19 AustraliaAustralia Sydney, Australia Bankstown Oval 2011

Women's One Day International Centuries

Charlotte Edwards' One-Day International centuries
# Runs Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 102 2 South AfricaSouth Africa Taunton, England County Ground 1997
2 7  Ireland Pune, India Nehru Stadium, Pune 1997
3 33 NetherlandsNetherlands Lincoln, New Zealand Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2000
4 102 51 South AfricaSouth Africa East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 2004
5 138 144 South AfricaSouth Africa Potchefstroom, South Africa Senwes Park 2011
6 157 New ZealandNew Zealand Lincoln, New Zealand Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2012
7 109 162 IndiaIndia Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 2013
8 167 New ZealandNew Zealand Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 2013
9 180 IndiaIndia Scarborough, England North Marine Road Ground 2014

Awards

  • ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year – 2008
  • Wisden Cricketers of the Year – 2014
  • ECB Cricketer of the Year – 2013–14, 2014–15

Personal life

Edwards' nicknames are "Lottie" and "Chief".

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