England women news June 13, 2009

Charlotte Edwards awarded MBE

Cricinfo staff

Charlotte Edwards, the England women's captain, has been awarded an MBE for her services to cricket after leading the side to a World Cup win in Australia two months ago.

Edwards, who is currently captaining England in the Women's World Twenty20, said she was very proud to receive the honour and felt it was a great way to raise the profile of the women's game. "It's been a really special eighteen months for myself and the team and this has really topped it off," Edwards said.

Edwards, who made her international debut in 1996 as a 16-year old, took over captaincy from Clare Connor in 2005 and led the side to an Ashes win in Australia last year before topping it up with England's first world title in 16 years. She was named ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year in 2008.

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, who led England to victory in the first World Cup, and Connor are previous women's captains to receive MBEs.