Heather Knight appointed England women's captain
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 05/06/16 6:37pm
Heather Knight has been appointed as captain of the England women's cricket team, with Anya Shrubsole as vice-captain.
Knight takes over from Charlotte Edwards, who stepped down last month after coach Mark Robinson made it clear he wanted to blood new players.
Knight, 25, has played five Tests, 55 one-day internationals and 33 Twenty20 matches for England and she was Edwards' vice-captain.
She scored a brilliant 157 in the 2013 Ashes Test at Wormsley, but had a disappointing T20 World Cup this year, scoring just 19 runs in four innings.
Knight's first assignment will be three ODIs and three T20 matches with Pakistan later this month.
Knight told Sky Sports News HQ: "I'm really looking forward to leading the team into a new chapter. It's going to be a massive challenge without Charlotte - she has led the team for 10 years. Her contribution on and off the pitch has been amazing. To follow that is obviously a big challenge but one I'm looking forward to.
"It's been a challenging period but one we're ready to move on from."
Head coach Robinson said: "Heather embodies many of the traits needed to be a successful captain - a superb work ethic, integrity and commitment, along with good instincts and cricket intelligence.
"These assets combined with her undoubted ability as a player make her an excellent role model, both for the team and young aspiring cricketers everywhere."
ECB Director of England Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, added: "There is no greater honour in our sport and few more precious roles across the entire world of sport than the role of England cricket captain.
"Having played under Charlotte Edwards for her entire England career so far, Heather has had an amazing mentor and leader. I am sure she will follow in Charlotte's footsteps with huge pride and determination to take this England team to an even brighter future."