LOCAL cricket star Charlotte Edwards has been appointed captain of the England women's team. Edwards, who led England on the winter tour to India, takes over the captaincy following the retirement this week of Clare Connor. "I'm delighted to have been officially appointed as the England captain," said Edwards. "It is a massive honour and I'm fully focused on making a success of the job." England are now aiming for a good run-up to the World Cup in 2009, where they hope to build on their Ashes success and further enhance the profile of the women's game.