Women's Ashes: England captain Charlotte Edwards given backing

Charlotte Edwards batting for England
Under Charlotte Edwards, England had won the previous two Women's Ashes series

England captain Charlotte Edwards has been given "100% backing" following their Women's Ashes series defeat against Australia.

The 35-year-old, who became skipper in 2005, has made 298 appearances for England across the three formats.

After losing the Ashes last week she vowed to continue and said: "I feel I have a lot to contribute to the team."

After Monday's consolation win, head of performance Paul Shaw said: "She's an outstanding captain and individual."

Edwards made her international debut in 1996 at the age of 16, and in February this year became the first England player - man or woman - to captain in 200 internationals.

The Kent batter has presided over three Ashes series wins as well as the World Cup and World Twenty20 successes of 2009.

But having won the opening one-day international in the points-based Ashes series, England then lost the other two 50-over games and were also beaten in the one Test match which was worth four points to Australia.

Needing to win all three of the T20 matches, they won the first but were then beaten at Hove on Friday, making Monday's five-wicket win at Cardiff a dead rubber.

Shaw told BBC Test Match Special: "Every one of the team and the management team are 100% behind Edwards.

"We take full responsibility for all performances whether we win, draw or lose.

"However, I think it's important to understand that we have a balance in terms of youth and experience in this team and we've brought in a number of young players into this squad."

Paul Shaw and Charlotte Edwards
Paul Shaw's role as head of women's performance was created in 2013 following the resignation of previous head coach Mark Lane

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