Charlotte Edwards announced her retirement from professional cricket after Southern Vipers’ disappointing seven-wicket loss to Western Storm in the final of the second edition of Women’s Cricket Super League, on Friday (September 1).
The 37-year-old had quit international cricket last year after being removed as the captain of the national side in the aftermath of the 2016 Women’s World T20 exit. She, however, led Vipers to the inaugural title in England’s domestic T20 league later that year and continued to feature in the Women’s Big Bash League, r representing Adelaide Strikers.
“I don’t want to walk away from the game altogether, (but) from this format, my time is done,” Edwards said after Storm handed Vipers a seven-wicket defeat in the summit clash at Hove. “I want to pursue other things: coaching, media work and it just felt right this season. I kind of knew at the start. It was made certain in the middle. My body has given up on me now.”
Despite being unceremoniously removed from national captaincy – all but shattering her dream to feature in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup – Edwards remains England’s most capped player. She’s played 23 Tests, 191 ODIs and 95 T20Is in a career spanning 20 years.
Coaching is next on Edwards’ agenda. “I’ve spoken to the ECB about doing some work there. I’ve spoken to Mark Robinson (current England Women’s coach) and I’d like to get involved with the junior age groups and helping a lot of this good talent we have in England at the moment.”