Edwards: I’ve still got a lot to contribute


Veteran England captain Charlotte Edwards says she won't be stepping down as leader of the side, despite losing the Ashes series to Australia with one game still to play.

England needed to win all three T20s to stay in the contest and draw the series, thus retaining the urn, but the Aussies won the second T20 by 20 runs and claimed the series by 10 points to four. Even if England win the final game, it'll make the score line 10-6.

Edwards, who has just the one half ton in six games, and is averaging under 22, said on BBC Sport: "I feel I have a lot to contribute to this team.

"This is not the time to walk away from English cricket. I don't think one bad series defines me as a player or captain."

She added of the Aussies: "The best team have won the Ashes. We haven't put them under pressure enough.

"We have batted poorly and allowed their bowlers to bowl at us. Credit has to go to Australia, they have played much better over the three formats."

The final T20 will be played on Monday in Cardiff, at the same venue that the England and Australia men will clash at later in the day.