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Edwards breaks caps record

England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards is the most capped female player in world cricket after winning her 142nd cap against Sri Lanka.

Edwards took a career best 4-30 in the second One Day International in Colombo which ended in a damp-squib - called off with England fewer than ten overs into their reply.

The 31-year-old is also an MCC Spirit of Cricket ambassador and has played an important role in the Chance to Shine project.

Speaking to Sky Sports News from Colombo after the match a delighted Edwards set her sights on reaching more landmarks.

"Obviously it’s a really proud day." said Edwards.

"It’s something I’ll look back on at the end of my career and be very proud. Hopefully I’ve got a few more games in me - I might reach 200 games before I’m finished."

Impressive beginnings

Edwards was just 16 when she made her debut becoming, at the time, the youngest woman to play for England.

At the age of only 17 she smashed a then world-record score of 173 not out in a World Cup match against Ireland.

Her thirst for runs continued with a maiden Test century against India during the 1998-99 season - one of three in 18 appearances.

Captain fantastic

Edwards took over the captaincy from Clare Connor in 2006 just as the side was rebuilding. Initially she presided over some disappointing results - including a home series defeat to New Zealand.

However, things turned around rapidly as England went through a period of unprecedented dominance.

After regaining the Ashes in Australia they beat New Zealand 3-1 away and, back at home, drubbed India 4-0.

The crowning moment was still to come as England lifted both the ICC World Cup in Australia and the ICC World Twenty20 title at Lord’s in a golden 2009.

MCC involvement

Edwards, awarded an MBE after the dual world success, is a Spirit of Cricket ambassador alongside some of the most famous names in the men’s game - including Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting.

She has also leant a hand to other projects, including the Chance to Shine initiative which aims to increase cricket participation in state schools.

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said: "Congratulations to Charlotte on behalf of everyone from MCC. This is a huge achievement, and is very well deserved.

"Charlotte is a great ambassador for cricket, has a superb record as a player and a captain, and is an ideal role model for children.

"We are also delighted that she works so passionately to promote the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to young players through the MCC-Chance to Shine collaboration in schools."

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