Charlotte Edwards July 23, 2012

'I wish I was playing in the Olympics'

Interview by Jack Wilson
Other things you should know about Charlotte Edwards: she's a sports fan, loves her ketchup, and idolised Steve Waugh

What has been your best cricketing moment?
The whole three-month period after winning the World Cup in 2009 has to be the best thing that's happened to me. When you've played for as long as I had and dreamed of doing something so much, it's just a magnificent feeling when you achieve it. The fact we won the World Cup away from home, in Sydney, made it extra special too. You experience a whole load of emotions. I was just so overwhelmed by it all. I couldn't stop crying, which, when you look back on it and see the pictures, is actually a bit embarrassing.

What did you do with your first Test cap?
When I first played for England we were under the control of the WCA [Women's Cricket Association] and things were a lot different than they are now. I've still got the cap and blazer that I bought for that game at home. They will always be very special, as I paid out of my own pocket for them. Fortunately now the game has developed and now we're brilliantly supported by the ECB in everything we do.

Are you a hoarder of memorabilia?
Kind of. My mum's got a lot of the stuff in her house as mine isn't big enough. I've got a couple of bits but my mum has things like my 100th cap and bats and things like that.

You're one of the greatest women cricketers the planet has ever seen. How do you feel when you hear those words?
I just love cricket and I'm incredibly proud that I've had a chance to play the game. There's still a lot more that I'd like achieve, and that keeps me pretty hungry. The women's game has evolved massively, so to play a small part in that is special.

You've just been elected to the MCC World Cricket Committee. What does your role there entail?
To be honest, I don't know a huge amount about it. I was asked last November, when Mike Brearley rang me up, and I was very excited. It's great recognition to have a female member on the committee and I'm looking forward to the first meeting in August and finding out more about what they do.

Who was your cricketing idol as you grew up?
Steve Waugh. Australia dominated when I was watching and playing growing up and he was a particularly gutsy individual and captain which I admired.

Is he the best captain the game has ever seen, then?
It's very hard to say. If you've got good players playing for you, captaincy is relatively easy. Stephen Fleming did an incredible job with a New Zealand team that didn't have all the stars. He managed to get the best out of his players.

What's the best piece of cricketing advice you've ever been given?
To enjoy what you do. Cricket is a simple game that's overcomplicated at times. I always say to the kids now to keep it simple: stop the good balls and hit the bad ones.

You worked in a cricket bat shop. What makes the perfect bat?
I used to go on what it looked like. I liked a close grain but I've moved away from that now. It's all about pick-up and how it feels. I'm very lucky in that I get some very good bats and most of them go well.

Classy cover drive or a cute reverse sweep?
Got to be a classy cover drive - but I'm not adverse to a good reverse sweep either.

The Olympics is coming up. Do you have any Olympic buzz?
I do - I wish I was in it! It's very exciting and I'm looking forward to watching it. I love my sport.

Are you handy at any other sports?
I played hockey and squash in my younger days but now it's all about cricket.

Who's the next Charlotte Edwards coming through the ranks?
There's a young girl who's 15 called Georgia Hennessy. It's always exciting to see a young batter coming through, and she's scored big runs at county level. There are girls in the England team like Sarah Taylor who can achieve a lot more than me, though.

Which one item can you not live without?
Either my phone or tomato ketchup. Both play a huge part in my life.

Describe yourself in three words.
Bubbly, determined and driven.

What would be your perfect meal?
Steak and chips - but don't tell the nutritionist!

Marmite. Love it or hate it?
Oh, I love it.

Will you stay in cricket when your playing days are up?
Anyone that knows me knows I love the game and I'll never be too far away from it - but I'm far from finished yet.

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  • Harmon on July 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Blasphemous for her to say her fav cricketer is Steve Waugh and not Sachin. I find it inconceivable that anyone can say Steve Waugh is her fav but not Sachin esp when both begin with "S". Oh wait a min, is she saying that Steve Waugh is better than Sachin. Hell no, she thinks Sachin is not a good cricketer? How can she even think that Sachin is not a good Cricketer? Not only is Sachin a good Cricketer, he is also a good Footballer and Golfer and Tennis Player. Btw, Sachin plays Football with his left hand cos he had a fracture in his right toe and Tennis with his right knee cos he had a tennis elbow some years back. If Sachin wanted then he could have played Chess too but he had the habit of chewing up the head of the queen so he stopped playing chess. All in all, I do not think that this apparent sister of Fidel Edwards is a good player. I dont know if she bats or balls or keeps but she can't be good at whatever since her fav player is Steve and not Sachin. Cricinfo pls publish. :-p

  • Alex on July 24, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    For me best captain is one make ordinary team to play above their level. kapil dev did it. Imran khan had great bowlers/ great batsman under him. For me arjuna ranatunga is greatest captain. Steve waugh had great players thats why even steve ponting had same success as steve waugh. Once great players retired all weakness start to show up in ponting captaincy. Anyone with rooster sign are luckiest captain Dhoni , Michael clarke , Sammy. They win by intangible luck more than any special strategy and give a look of they did all the work. You can say they provide right situations for player to play well. if you take pure skill Kapil dev and arjuna ranatunga as best captains. If you take who player fear and respect is Imran khan. Steve waugh is a winner. Steve waugh , Mahela , sangakaraa all same mould of captains. NZ team always play well over their talent. Stephan fleming is ok captain nothing special.

  • Matthew on July 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Do the England haters feel the same way about the women's team?

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    cutties being added to the fantastic game of cricket.. fascinating T20 games, & amiable women cricket.. I luv the game more..

  • Alexander on July 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Good grief, her stats are incredible. She has a higher batting than bowling average in both tests and one dayers, the mark of a true allrounder.

  • Matt on July 23, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Ready for it? Where's Sachin? How come he doesn't get a mention in this article? :P

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    hey nskaile hw u missed Arjuna ranthunga he lead a ordinary team to win a world he should among the best captain list

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Good Interview. Wish Every Women Cricketers Give some Interviews like this to improve a women's criceket. I would like know more things about legends of women's cricket

  • Navi on July 23, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Thank you for interviewing a woman cricketer. Very entertaining answers and also agree about Fleming. According to me Top 4 greatest captain got to be Steve Waugh, Hansie Cronje, Stephen Fleming and Imran

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