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Charlotte Edwards Reaches Captaincy Milestone

Charlotte Edwards (centre, front) took charge of England for the 200th time in Lincoln
Charlotte Edwards (centre, front) took charge of England for the 200th time in Lincoln
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Charlotte Edwards has captained England Women for the 200th time as she led her side out against New Zealand Women in the decisive third Twenty20 International in Lincoln.

Edwards took over as England captain from Clare Connor in 2006, leading the side to glory at the 2009 ICC Women's World Cup and the ICC Women's World Twenty20 later that year.

She has barely missed a match since being appointed as captain, leading the side in nine Tests, 109 One-Day Internationals and 82 Twenty20 Internationals.

As well as guiding England to two global titles - and two more finals, in the 2012 and 2014 ICC Women's World Twenty20s - she has led her side to three Ashes successes, in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

And she is well clear of her nearest challenger in terms of captaincy experience, with West Indian Merissa Aguilleira currently on 137 appearances.

"It’s going to be a very proud moment for me and I am hugely honoured to have led my country in so many matches," Edwards said prior to the match in Lincoln.

"I still remember going out for the coin toss for the first time as England captain, and whilst it feels like a lifetime ago, I still have the same enthusiasm and passion for the game now as I did back then.

"In 200 matches there are of course a few highlights, but I think winning the ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia in 2009 was something that was always a career ambition as a player, so to do it as captain was extra special. 

"Equally, the double Women’s Ashes wins in 2013 and 2014 will always be very memorable for me.
"Everything I do on the field is underpinned by my enjoyment and passion for cricket, and hopefully that has come across to all of the players that I have played with over the years. 

"I love what I do – I love captaining England and to have done it so many times makes me extremely happy and proud."

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