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Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards celebrates winning the 2011 quadrangular one-day series, which retained England’s status as top-ranked one-day side

England women captain Charlotte Edwards has been nominated for the inaugural William Hill Sports Woman of the Year award.

Edwards has led her country since 2005, retaining the Ashes in 2008 and 2009 having won the World Cup and the World Twenty20 in the latter year.

This year began with a tour of Australia where Edwards’ side lost the one-day series but won the T20 rubber before relinquishing the Ashes in a one-off Test at Sydney despite her first-innings 114 not out.

They bounced back this summer to take quadrangular T20 and one-day series involving Australia, India and New Zealand, the latter rubber retaining England’s status as top-ranked one-day side.

They then comprehensively beat hosts South Africa in one-day and T20 series during October, Edwards making 138 in the second ODI.

William Hill created the impromptu award after no sportswomen were selected for the shortlist of the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The public can choose the William Hill winner online and in any of its 2,350 shops.

Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Over 30 different sports women were voted for and we believe this is a very comprehensive list for female sporting achievement in 2011. It is now up to the public to decide who will win the first ever William Hill Sports Woman of the Year.”

The shortlist is as follows:

Rebecca Adlington: won a gold and silver medal at the World Aquatics Championship in Shanghai.
Charlotte Edwards: captain of the all-conquering England women’s cricket team.
Jessica Ennis: UK No.1 heptathlete, won silver at World Championships.
Tamsin Greenway: captain of the Surrey Storm, bronze medal winner at the netball World Championships.
Helen Jenkins: British No.1 triathlete, qualified for Olympics after winning the Hyde Park Event.
Sarah Stevenson: won gold at the 2011 Tae Kwon Do World Championships.
Kelly Smith: England striker who competed in the Women’s Football World Cup earlier this year.
Hayley Turner: rode 83 winners in 2011, including two Group One wins.
Beth Tweddle: grabbed gold at European Gymnastics in Berlin.
Chrissie Wellington: added a fourth Ironman World Championship title in 2011.