The Women’s England Captain Charlotte Edwards has announced that she is retiring from international cricket. The 36 year old is leaving after a spectacular career and is without a doubt one of the most important figures in the history of the women’s game.

Edwards was named the ICC women’s cricketer of the year in 2008 and was awarded an MBE in 2009. Then she became just the second woman to be names as one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 2014.

She said that it was an extremely difficult decision to retire from international cricket and it was one she reached after a great deal of thought and discussion with the England coach Mark Robinson about what is best for future of the team.

Edwards said that she believes that now is the right time for a new captain and that it is time for young players to be given more chances to make their mart in the international game.
Furthermore, she said that Robinson wants to build a new team and she fully supports that. She said that it is a “new era and he wants other players to come to the fore to build a strong team.”

Edwards made her debut for England in 1995, the youngest player at the time to have done so, and has played for the county in 23 Tests, 191 one day internationals and 95 T20 internationals. She took charge of the side in 2005 and was named captain on a permanent basis the following year.

2009 was one of the most successful years for her. It began with winning the World Cup in Australia and was followed by winning the World Twenty20 Championship in England. She then led the team to back to back victories in the Ashes in 2013 and 2014.