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Edwards wins England player award

Andrew McGlashan

June 9, 2014

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Charlotte Edwards' 92 sped England to retaining the Women's Ashes, Australia v England, 1st Women's T20I, Hobart, January 29, 2014
Charlotte Edwards led England to victory in back-to-back Ashes series © Getty Images
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Charlotte Edwards, an England captain who was able to savour Ashes success home and away over the last 12 months, has been named the Women's Player of the Year.

Although the women's team could not end their wait for global silverware at the World T20 in Bangladesh - losing the final to Australia in Dhaka - they regained the Ashes at home, in the first multi-format series where points were accumulated over Tests, ODIs and T20s, before defending them Down Under earlier this year.

Central, as she has so often been, to England's cause was Edwards. She battled pain to score a vital half-century in the second innings of the Perth Test to ensure the team had a target they could defend then scored a brilliant, unbeaten 92 the Hobart T20 to ensure the Ashes were retained.

Edwards' "outstanding leadership skills" were also highlighted in her captaincy role, which she has held since 2006. Earlier this year she was the just the second woman to be named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Taylor were the other nominees for the award.

England Under-19 captain Will Rhodes won the England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year award while the England Disability Cricketer of the Year award was given to Stephen George from the England Deaf Squad.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Andrew McGlashan Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.
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