22 July 2020

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards named new Southern Vipers head coach

Former England cricket captain Charlotte Edwards has been named new head coach of Southern Vipers.

The 40 year-old was the first cricketer, male or female, to score 2,500 runs in T20 internationals.

Edwards won the league title with Southern Vipers four years ago as a player (PA Archive/PA Images)

She led her country to three Ashes series victories in 2008, 2013 and 2014 as well as the World Cup-World Twenty20 double in 2009.

Edwards, who took up a role as director of women’s cricket at Hampshire after her retirement, also won the Kia Super League title with Southern Vipers as a player in 2016.

Speaking to the club website, she said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be named as Head Coach of the Southern Vipers. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the women’s game with the introduction of the new Elite Structure Competition.

"I am looking forward to working with the extremely talented players we have within our region, with our main purpose to develop a successful Southern Vipers culture and future England cricketers.

"I have been very lucky to be involved with the Southern Vipers since its inception in 2016 and I’m very passionate about the organisation and the region.

"I look forward to working with Adam Carty to continue the success we’ve had previously and help shape the future. This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved at the start of a new professional era for the women’s game and I can’t wait to get started."

Edwards will begin her role when the new women’s domestic season gets back underway.

Although no date has yet been confirmed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the England & Wales Cricket Board believe it will be this year.

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