Women's Ashes: Captain Charlotte Edwards proud of England
Captain Charlotte Edwards has hailed England's Ashes success in Australia as her "most treasured memory".
Last Updated: 29/01/14 12:07pm
England retained the Ashes after a nine-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 international in Hobart moved them into an unassailable points lead in the multi format series.
Edwards led from the front with a stunning unbeaten 92 off 59 deliveries as England successfully chased down 150-3 to claim the decisive win.
And the opener, who had been in tears as England closed in on the triumph, was left to revel in a magical moment.
"This means everything to us. To win in England was special but to come out here and win the Ashes in Australia is really special," Edwards said.
"I love it. I love playing for England and love leading this team. This is probably my most treasured moments.
"It is the best by far because the multi-format really tests us in every discipline. To win the Test match in Perth was fantastic and the way we have played over the whole series the team have a lot to be proud of."
England had won the one-off Test in Perth and the opening one-day international, only for the hosts to hit back with back-to-back victories to keep the series alive.
However Edwards admitted she was fully focused on wrapping up the Ashes.
"It was emotional," she said.
"The last two games, we haven't played as well as we would have liked so I was pretty determined this morning that we weren't going to give up the Ashes without a fight.
"I knew it was important that we played well here today and we did that. This has been a real team effort over the series and I am so proud of the girls and what they have done. It is a pretty special win."
Edwards had shared a match-winning 114-run stand with Sarah Taylor, who hit an unbeaten half-century.
And Taylor hailed the impact of Edwards.
"It is unbelievable. The spirit we have shown to come back from two losses, it was really hard. To do it in that style - Lottie was just unbelievable," she said.
"I think she was crying with about nine runs to go and I had to tell her to just calm down and see us home. You just saw on her face this was ours today and she did nothing wrong. She got me over the line and now she is crying."