CRICKET: Captain Charlotte quits England

Charlotte Edwards (right) celebrates an England win.

Charlotte Edwards (right) celebrates an England win.

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Charlotte Edwards has retired from international cricket.

Edwards (36), who learnt her cricket at Ramsey CC, skippered England ladies in 200 international matches - the most by any player, man or woman,

Charlotte Edwards in action for England.

Charlotte Edwards in action for England.

She has been considering her future since England were beaten by Australia in the semi-final of the World Twenty/20 Cup in March.

Edwards was England’s best batsman in that tournament when she became the first lady to reach 2,500 Twenty/20 international runs.

Edwards, who was made a CBE in 2014, said: “I leave very proud of the standing in which the women’s game is held and of my contribution as a player and captain.

“It’s the right time for a new captain to lead the team forward.”

Edwards led England to the 2009 World Cup and World T20 titles, also winning four Ashes series against Australia. She made her Test debut aged 16 against New Zealand in 1996 and was appointed captain 10 years later, a position she held until earlier today (May 11).

Edwards scored over 10,000 runs in international cricket.

She was also the first woman to join the MCC world cricket committee.

Edwards will continue to play domestic cricket, captaining the Southern Vipers in the inaugural Kia Super League this summer and leading Kent in the Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship.