Former England Captain Charlotte Edwards Named as Women’s Sydney Sixers Head coach

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Women's Sydney Sixers Head coach
Charlotte Edwards

Women’s Sydney Sixers Head coach: Former England captain Charlotte Edwards has been appointed as the head coach of the Women’s Big Bash League team Sydney Sixers.

Charlotte Edwards Named as Women’s Sydney Sixers Head coach

Charlotte Edwards retired from international cricket in May 2016 and from all cricket in September 2017.

Following her playing career, she became Director of Women’s Cricket at Hampshire in 2018. She then became Head Coach of her former team Southern Vipers in 2020, and lead them to the first two Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy titles. She also coaches Southern Brave in The Hundred.

“I’m extremely excited to be offered the role with the Sixers who are one of the most successful women’s domestic teams in the world,” Edwards said. “To be associated with a team like the Sixers is really exciting for me and I really can’t wait to get started.”

“The vision for the sixers is to bring back trophies for the club,” she said. “More importantly is the way we do that, and I think the way we do that is to play a really exciting and entertaining style of cricket that hopefully the fans are proud of and want to come and watch. That means a lot to me and the group.”

Cricket NSW Head of Female Cricket, Leah Poulton, paid tribute to the outgoing Sawyer while welcoming the new era for the Sixers.

“Ben has been a wonderful leader over many years at the Sixers and he’s done a fantastic job developing a generation of players,” Poulton said.

“We are proud not just of Ben’s achievements but also of the way in which he worked so hard to build a culture within the team and a connection with our members and fans.

“Charlotte brings with her extensive leadership experience and a reputation for bringing out the best in those around her. She has already demonstrated a clear vision for the team, it’s an exciting brand of cricket which I’m sure will appeal to our fans.”

The Sixers have seven players under contract for the next season. They include Alyssa Healy, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ash Gardner, Nicole Bolton and Jade Allen. Further squad additions will take place over the course of the year heading into the eighth season.

Edwards also played for Kent, Hampshire, Southern Vipers, and for teams in Australia. In addition to awards as ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and ECB Cricketer of the Year award Edwards was also appointed MBE and CBE for her services to cricket.

She scored her first Ashes century in England’s one-off Test against Australia at Bankstown Oval on 22 January 2010, finishing unbeaten on 114 from an England first innings total of 207 all out.

In 2014, Edwards was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. She was just the second English women’s cricketer to be so honoured after Claire Taylor in 2009.