Edwards leads from the front

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards during the Ashes Test © Getty Images

England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards always seemed to be at the crease when her side claimed victory during their highly successful tour down under.

England retained the Ashes with victory in the one-off Test against Australia in Bowral after sharing the one-day series 2-2, and their trip was rounded off in style with a 3-1 one-day victory over New Zealand.

Edwards made 94 during the Ashes Test and was undefeated on 14 when the historic victory came, while she guided her side to a seven-wicket win in the fourth one-day clash against Australia courtesy of an unbeaten 70, and hit 83 not out during the fifth one-day encounter with New Zealand.

Edwards told ecb.co.uk: “This tour has been unbelievable. I was out at the crease when we beat Australia at the SCG and I was out there when we won the Ashes and when we beat New Zealand in the final game - but the Ashes probably tops everything.

“My legs were a little bit like jelly when we won the Ashes at Bowral - and I think that just tops the 2005 Ashes victory - and to win the game was special when we only had to draw to retain the Ashes.

“Having got back I think it has finally sunk in what we have achieved, so I am just really pleased. If someone had offered the results we got before we left I would have bitten off their hand."

Edwards has been delighted with how her side have responded to her promptings and they have not let her down when they were asked to raise their game.

Isa Guha

England's Isa Guha hit form at the right time © Getty Images

She continued: “The whole tour for me was a highlight - at the beginning I just asked the girls to be more consistent and I think they really came up trumps. That was the really pleasing part, that they delivered - you cannot ask for anymore than that.

“I asked that of myself and it is always nice as a captain to lead from the front; that is always something that I have prided myself on.

“It is really nice to be scoring runs for England especially against two of the best teams in the world. All the hard work has paid off and it has been very pleasing.”

England seamer Isa Guha claimed nine wickets during the Ashes success and her contribution was decisive after she had been struggling for form up to that point.

Edwards expanded: “Her performance in that Test was outstanding and she would admit that up to that game she had not bowled as well as she could have.

"To pull out that performance was fantastic. She is a great girl, she works very hard and I was delighted for her.

“We lost Jenny Gunn before the game so there was extra pressure on her and Nicky Shaw, so it was a great performance."

After an arduous trip Edwards is looking forward to spending some time with her family, although she knows that the new season is just around the corner.

She concluded: “I am having a rest - the last seven weeks have really taken it out of me. I am just looking forward to being home and seeing my friends and family.

"No doubt that will not last and I will be looking forward to playing again, probably next week.

“I will try and get as much rest as possible because we have a big season ahead of us.”

South Africa and India are the visitors to England in another busy summer for Edwards' side.