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Home Edwards: 'Joining WCC an honour'
In her exclusive blog for Lords.org, Charlotte Edwards speaks of her pride at being the first woman on MCC's World Cricket committee - and it's good for the women's game.
It's an honour to be the first woman to be invited onto MCC's World Cricket Committee. I was first approached by Mike Brearley, the Chairman of the WCC, initially approached me in November and I didn't hesitate about saying yes.
It's incredibly exciting thinking about sitting around a table with some of my heroes, guys like Steve Waugh, who I grew up watching and learning from as a kid.
Mike hasn't spoken to me specifically about what my role might be, but I'm passionate about the game of cricket, I watch a lot of cricket, and feel I've got plenty to add to the discussion. It'll be an amazing experience just to pick these guys' brains and talk cricket with them.
On a broader level, it's great for the women's game that I've been given this opportunity to have a say on what is an important think-tank within the game. Clare Connnor has been involved with the ICC's Cricket Committee for a while and I think this will be another step in the right direction for the Women's game. It's good recognition for the game.
I was honoured to be named England's Women's Cricketer of the Year at the ECB awards in the Lord's Long Room earlier this week.
I'm not particularly interested in personal accolades, but it's a nice feeling to be recognised among your peers for success on the field.
As captain, it makes it much more pleasing that my personal form has contributed to the team's excellent performances over the last 12 months. Being successful personally with the bat would be hollow if it didn't come alongside the team's success.
We were fantastic as a team last year, particularly with the bat. It was pleasing that after Clare Taylor, the fulcrum of our batting for a long time, retired that others such as myself and Lydia Greenway, were able to step up.
Clare was always going to be missed because she was such an impressive performer for so many years, but it's great for us as a team that we've been able to limit the damage her retirement has caused.
Elsewhere, the season has got underway with the Super Fours, which gives all the top women cricketers in the country the chance to impress and get some high quality cricket under their belts before we take on India later this summer.
The weather has been atrocious, so it was nice just to be outside and playing again. Elsewhere I've also been back to work doing my day job, working for charity Chance to Shine in state schools across the country.
Part of the role includes teaching a MCC Spirt of Cricket Assembly. We use an inspirational video full of cricket action and set to music by Jessie J to kick off the morning and I've developed a bit of a unique dance routine to go alongside it.
If that dosen't get youngsters interested in cricket, then what will!