Edwards relishing 'special' tour
England women’s trip to Sri Lanka will be a cause of much nostalgia for Charlotte Edwards - but she insists her sights are set firmly on the future of her all-conquering side.
Edwards’ first experience of captaining her country came in Sri Lanka in late 2005, when England romped to comprehensive victories in the two one-day internationals they played.
She returns to Sri Lanka in November having achieved almost everything in the game in the intervening years - winning the Ashes, the World Cup and the World Twenty20 - yet remains committed to bringing through the next generation of England players.
“It’s always a special place,” Edwards told ecb.co.uk/video. “The first time I captained England was in Sri Lanka, so I’m really looking forward to going back there.
“We’ve given a few new caps out, so it’s another tour for us to develop players.
“It’s a really important tour for us to start developing some of our Academy players and existing players. It will be invaluable moving forward, especially with the 2013 World Cup being in India.”
England have included four uncapped players in a 15-strong squad for the two-week trip, which will see them play two ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals in Colombo.
Lauren Griffiths, Susie Rowe, Fran Wilson, who turns 19 two days before England depart on November 9, and 17-year-old Beth MacGregor are the freshest faces in a squad missing Sarah Taylor, Katherine Brunt and Holly Colvin.
“Lauren has been a very, very good wicketkeeper for a number of years. Her glovework is fantastic,” said Edwards. “We’ve certainly got a very good replacement for Sarah behind the stumps.
“I play a lot of cricket with Susie (for Kent). She has really earned her spot in the team through performances for the Academy and for her county.
“With Fran, again she’s put in performances. That shows the system is working.
“They’ll show faith in us if we show faith in them by picking people who are in form and putting in performances on the pitch week in, week out.
“I’m really pleased we’ve rewarded those girls for that. Hopefully that will bear fruit for us over the next few months.”
England’s dominance of Sri Lanka has been complete since they first met in 1997 - their smallest margin of victory has been 99 runs in six ODIs - but Edwards expects her side to be tested significantly more this time around.
“They are a developing team and every time we play them they are always getting better and better,” she said. “They are getting more support from their board.
“When you go out to these countries, you never know what you’re going to be put up against, so I’m really interested.”