Charlotte Edwards, former England captain, has been appointed as the head coach of the Southampton-based team for The Hundred.
“I am really excited to be part of The Hundred," said Edwards on Thursday (August 29). "It’s my first head coach role and I think it’s the right time. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from coaching overseas and working with the Southern Vipers. It’s my time to have a go and see what I can do."
The 39-year-old, who enjoyed a stellar international career as England's most successful captain and batter, will take up the role of head coach for the first time. Across her 20-year international career, Edwards scored more than 10,000 runs, and captained England in 220 matches. She led them to double World Cup glory in 2009 - bagging the 50-over and T20 World Cups in Australia and England respectively - while also registering three Ashes series wins as skipper.
She was named Wisden's Cricketer of the Year in 2014, before she retired following the Women's World T20 in India in 2016.
Edwards spent 16-years playing county cricket for Kent, but ended her playing days at the Rose Bowl where she capped off a fantastic career, leading Southern Vipers to victory in the inaugural edition of the Women's Cricket Super League (WCSL). She also spent a season working on the sidelines with Adelaide Strikers in the Women's Big Bash League last season.
"I think The Hundred is going to have a positive impact on the game at a grassroots level," she said. "I’m really looking forward to being there from the start and watching it all unfold. It’s really exciting because I’ve been to Australia and seen the impact the Big Bash has had and you just feel like we can do exactly that and more.”
Edwards joins Lisa Keightley and Danielle Hazell as the third woman to be put in-charge of one of the teams from The Hundred - a tournament which is due to begin next July.