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Ahead of Sky Sports’ Women’s Cricket Week, Sportsister talks to Charlotte Edwards

July 1, 2016
Charlotte-Edwards

This weekend sees the start of Sky Sports’ Women’s Cricket Week, an initiative to encourage women of all ages to try cricket. The week also includes live coverage of England’s T20 series v Pakistan which starts on Sunday, so Sportsister caught up with former England captain, Charlotte Edwards, to talk all things cricket.

Charlotte-Edwards

What does the week hope to achieve?

“This is such an important week for women’s cricket in the UK and comes ahead of an important year – the Kia SuperLeague starts at the end of this year and 2017 sees the World Cup come to the UK. It’s an exciting time, so, to have lots of activities in schools and clubs to give women and girls the chance to get involved is brilliant.”

How does being a commentator compare to playing?

“I am really enjoying my new role as a commentator, luckily for me England have been playing really well, so it’s not difficult. It really is the next best job to actually playing and the team at Sky Sports have made me very welcome. I am not sure how it will be when I need to critisise or commentate on poor decisions, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”

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Who in the England team has really stood out for you in the ODI’s (One Day International) against Pakistan?

“Tammy Beaumont has had a brilliant series, it’s wonderful to see because she’s been playing for England for six years now and has really stepped it up during this series. Lauren Winfield has been great in partnership with Tammy too and we can’t ignore Natalie Shriver, who has been devastating in her position. The team is looking strong and it will be great to see how we fare against the West Indies this winter”

Do you see England continue to dominate Pakistan in the T20’s?

“The T20 series will be a lot closer than the ODI, Pakistan will be very comfortable with this format and the very nature of it means that it will be closer – so it should be exciting”

The matches

Sunday July 3 (20 ovs) 14:30
1st T20I – England Women v Pakistan Women County Ground, Bristol
Tuesday July 5 (20 ovs) 14:00
2nd T20I – England Women v Pakistan Women The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Thursday July 7 (20 ovs) 18:30
3rd T20I – England Women v Pakistan Women County Ground, Chelmsford

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Sky Sports’ Women’s Cricket Week launches on July 2nd and is an initiative to encourage women of all ages to try cricket. The week is part of their year of women’s sport and includes live coverage of England’s T20 series v Pakistan. #WCW2016

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