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Edwards revels in best knock

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Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards was delighted following her 137 not out in the second ODI. “That was my best innings for England," the skipper said after

Charlotte Edwards rates her unbeaten 137 in the second one-day international against New Zealand as the best innings she has played in an England shirt.

The skipper brought up her sixth ODI century from just 70 deliveries and continued to shine as England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series at Lincoln.

“That was my best innings for England," Edwards told ecb.co.uk.

"I'm chuffed. I don't think I have ever played better than that. That's the best I have timed the ball. I hit the ball cleanly and into the gaps.

"I like the wicket here. I scored 84 here on Thursday and a hundred in a warm-up match earlier in the tour. I can't wait to get back here for the final one-dayer on Monday."

With the game reduced to 28 overs - two more would be shorn off with further rain breaks during the England innings - Edwards decided to bat like it was a Twenty20 international, with devastating results.

"We thought we'd treat it like it was a Twenty20 match and see where we were after six overs,” she added.

"We did well in that period and just took the game away from them between the sixth over and the 15th over.

"Sarah Taylor played well and I just kept going. Suddenly I thought 'I could get a hundred here'."

Edwards continued to treat the New Zealand bowlers with contempt after reaching three figures, hitting six more boundaries from the final 18 balls she faced to take her total count to 20.

"All the hard work has paid off," she said. "I've spent hours working on the sorts of shots I played after getting to a hundred so that hard work was worthwhile.

"I'm 32 but am still playing my best cricket. That's really pleasing. I work hard at my game. I'm in the form of my life and hopefully that will continue."

England, who won the Twenty20 series 4-0, have just one match of the tour remaining.

"Winning both series was always the aim but we want to remain unbeaten," said Edwards.

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