Final frontier beckons for Edwards
Captain Charlotte Edwards is hoping to fill a notable gap on her glittering CV when England women head to Australia this winter.
Edwards’ name is synonymous with England success Down Under, having led them to Ashes glory on Australian soil in 2008 and a memorable World Cup triumph the following year.
However, England’s failure to win the one-day series on their most recent Ashes tour two years ago - they twice surrendered the lead to draw 2-2 - still grates with Edwards.
“We’ve not won a one-day series out there, so that’s the next thing to tick off my list,” she told ecb.co.uk/video. "That’s exciting in itself.
“For me, we’ve always been successful out in Australia, so we’re going there with a little bit of confidence - winning the World Cup out there, winning the Ashes.
“Hopefully we can transfer that over to this winter and keep the theme the same: keep winning.”
England head to Sri Lanka in November for a two-week tour that is being used in part as an opportunity to blood younger players.
Sarah Taylor misses the trip as she takes a break from international cricket, Katherine Brunt will undertake a strength and conditioning programme and Holly Colvin is concentrating on her university studies.
All three are expected to return to the England squad for the Australia tour, which will see them play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20s before a solitary Test will decide the destination of the Ashes.
“It’s a really big winter for us as a team,” added Edwards. “We go to Sri Lanka first, but obviously we’ve got the big one to Australia.
“We’ve had so much going on over the last two years, but this tour is as exciting as they come.
“To play two Twenty20s before big England-Australia men’s games, and the one-dayers and the Ashes - the tour doesn’t get much better than that.”