Former England Skipper Charlotte Edwards inducted in ICC’s Hall of Fame

Former English skipper, Charlotte Edwards, when announced her retirement from international cricket at Lord’s and had an abrupt end to her career having finished with 309 caps and as the record run-scorer in a career spanning 20 years.

Charlotte Edwards - Female Cricket
Charlotte Edwards – Female Cricket

 

Charlotte unarguably has been one of England’s and world crickets finest to have ever played the game and for her international success has become one of the newest female inductees in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) ‘Hall of Fame’ chart.

Charlotte Edwards’ Debut :

Charlotte Edwards when debuted for England in 1996, was the youngest player ever to play for England, and was a record she held until Holly Colvin was capped, aged 15, in 2005. England’s then-youngest cricketer on her debut broke a world scoring record before her 18th birthday and was one of many firsts to enjoy a glittery 20-year-long international career.

Charlotte Edwards’ Stats :

Charlotte Edwards in One-Day Internationals (ODI’s) in 180 innings scored 5992 runs at an average of 38.16 and has got as many as 46 fifties and 9 centuries to her name with the highest being a 173*. In 51 innings, she with a ball in hand, picked up 54 wickets, at an average of 21.74, a strike rate of 30.1 and an economy rate of 4.32 with best figures of 4/30.

Charlotte in Test cricket made 43 appearances and scored 1676 runs at an average of 44.10 and has got the highest score of 117 against her name. In her 20 innings outing with the ball, she picked up 12 wickets at an average of 48.08, a strike rate of 93.1 and an economy rate of 3.09 with best figures of 2/24.

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Charlotte Edwards, in the shortest, Twenty20 International (T20I) format, has scored 2605 runs off 93 innings at an average of 32.97, a strike rate of 106.93 and with 12 centuries to her name, has got the highest score of 93* to her name. Off 21 innings with the ball, in the format, she’s picked up 9 wickets at an average of 36.66, a strike rate of 33.6 and an economy rate of 6.53 with best figures of 3/21.

Charlotte Edwards’ Retirement :

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards. - GETTY IMAGES
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards. – GETTY IMAGES

 

Charlotte’s career ended most unexpectedly and abruptly with her effectively being sacked as England captain by head coach, Mark Robinson. On being informed of Robinson’s decision by Clare Connor, the head of the women’s game and her predecessor as captain, Charlotte Edwards at Lord’s made the stunning announcement.

On receiving the honor, Charlotte Edwards had the following to say, “I would like to thank the ICC for this recognition of my career. It’s a massive honor to be included in the ICC Hall of Fame alongside the very illustrious company that has already been inducted.

“I’d like to thank and share this moment with my family and friends, my teammates and all of the coaches that have supported me throughout. I loved every minute of my international career and I’m absolutely delighted to be inducted into to the ICC Hall of Fame.”

Charlotte Edwards’ Career Highlights:

• Charlotte’s unbeaten 173* in the 1997 World Cup, was then the record for the highest score in women’s ODI.

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• Edwards was also the first female cricketer to have scored 1000 runs, and take 50 wickets, and 50 catches in a women’s ODI.

• Charlotte is the first female cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20I and went on to be the first, across both, male and female, to score 2500 runs in T20I.

• As skipper, Charlotte Edwards led England on 220 occasions which include, England’s Ashes series wins in 2008, 2013, and 2014 and World Cup and World Twenty20 tournament win in the same year, 2009.

• Edwards was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 late HM Queen’s Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 late HM Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to cricket.

Charlotte Edwards’ Awards:

Her list of awards sees her with the ICC Women’s Cricket of the Year award from 2007, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2014 and England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB’s) cricketer of the year in 2011–12, 2013–14 and 2014–15.

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