Women's cricket news June 9, 2014

Edwards wins England player award

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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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