Edwards replaces Ben Sawyer, who led the Sixers in all seven editions of the WBBL to-date.

A multiple trophy-winner with Kent, Edwards captained the Horses during what can be considered Kent Women’s first ‘golden age’ between 2006 and 2016, winning ten trophies with the county, three of them national T20 competitions.

Her 20-year international playing career is stuff of legend, from making her debut at 16 as England’s youngest ever player, to leading her country to success in an Ashes series, and world titles in one-day and Twenty20 formats.

In addition to awards as ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and ECB Cricketer of the Year, Edwards was also bestowed MBE and CBE for her services to cricket.

Edwards has had a taste of the WBBL before too, playing seasons at the Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers in the earlier years of the world’s premier domestic women’s tournament.

Since moving into coaching upon her retirement from playing in 2017, Edwards has shared similar success, winning several English domestic titles as head coach of her former team Southern Vipers.

In 2021, the new English domestic women’s Twenty20 competition, the Charlotte Edwards Cup, was named after her in recognition of her contribution to English cricket.

On being appointed as the Sixers’ WBBL Head Coach, Edwards said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will once again host a full England Women’s One-Day International (WODI) match in 2022, with a Royal London WODI against India under the lights in Canterbury on Wednesday, 21 September.

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