England women's captain Charlotte Edwards has arrived in Australia for her first stint in state cricket with Perth side Western Fury, reports Yahoo.
Edwards will represent the Perth side in the Australian Women's National Cricket League and Women's Twenty20 competition over the next three months. She will also captain the side whilst she is there.
The England captain has had a fantastic year so far in 2014 after she led her side to an Ashes victory over Australia at the WACA, Perth Fury's home ground. Although the year has been hectic for Edwards she is as keen as ever to play cricket and lead her new side.
"When you have got a challenge like this I think you just can't wait to get under way." she said
"The excitement and challenge of what's coming up has made me forget about any mental or physical tiredness I might have."
Edwards will hope to challenge for honours with the Western Fury but she knows that the Australian Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) has been dominated by the New South Wales Breakers, who won a ninth consecutive title last season. Since the beginning of the WNCL in 1996-97 New South Wales have won 16 titles, with Victorian Spirit, on two occasions, the only other side to capture the title.
The Women's Twenty20 competition is equally dominated by just one side. The Victorian Spirit have won the shorter format of the game for the last three seasons.
The Fury will also need to plug the gap left by former Australian player, and Fury captain, Nicole Bolton who has left to join Victoria. Hopefully Edwards, who is on a rich vein of form, will help to bolster her side's batting line-up.
However, Edwards knows the task ahead of her when she spoke to the Australian media on her arrival.
"We have got to be realistic, NSW and Victoria are clearly the dominant teams in the competition," she said. "But there's no reason that we can't push those teams if we perform at our best."
All is good for England women's cricketers at present. After an Ashes victory, and turning professional, 2014 has been a very good year for all involved. The fact that our top women cricketers are plying their trade in arguably the most difficult domestic league in the World can only help the development and experience of our very own national side.
Fellow England team-mates, Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor, are also plying their trade down under this winter. Knight will play for Tasmania Roar whilst Taylor is representing the South Australian Scorpions. All three will play for their sides until Christmas before returning
in January to join up with the England performance squad.
Edwards will begin her spell with The Fury on Friday when she leads her side in the first Twenty20 fixture against Queensland at Murdoch University.