Edwards focuses on Ashes defence

Charlotte Edwards & Claire Taylor

Charlotte Edwards celebrates with Claire Taylor after keeping hold of the Ashes in 2008 - a feat she is looking to repeat

England women's captain Charlotte Edwards has reiterated her commitment to success in all forms of cricket as her side head into the only women’s npower Ashes Test.

Edwards' side have swept all before them in every form of the game for the past 18 months, the most recent of which saw them capture the ICC World Twenty20 with a crushing defeat of New Zealand at Lord's, followed by a 4-0 ODI series win against Australia this week.

However, the beginning of their golden run can be traced back to when England retained the Ashes in a one-off Test at Bowral in 2008 - when they secured a famous six-wicket victory to retain the title they claimed back in 2005 at New Road.

The two teams will line up again in Worcestershire this Friday, with Edwards - recently awarded an MBE - understandably upbeat about England`s chances.

"We are really looking forward to the npower Ashes Test. If it is anything like the 2008 Ashes in Bowral we are in for a great four days of cricket,” she said.

Head of England women's cricket Clare Connor, who captained England in 2005, added: "We are thrilled to be back in Worcester for our defence of the npower Ashes.

"The memories of regaining the Ashes at Worcester in 2005, after a 42-year wait, are still very powerful for many of the players who played in that dramatic series.

"I am sure the players will be buoyed by those memories as they return to New Road on Friday."

As part of the preparations for the game, Edwards and her side will parade through Worcester today with their two World Cups, culminating with a reception at the Guildhall with the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Andy Roberts.

As part of the celebrations for the npower Ashes Test, admission will be free for all spectators.