The former England captain played for the Adelaide Strikers last season, after being the tournament’s second highest run-scorer with the Perch Scorchers the year prior.
After retiring from all forms of cricket last month following a successful Kia Super League campaign, Edwards went on to commentate the ICC Women’s World Cup England and was looking for a new challenge during the Australian summer of cricket.
“I jumped at the opportunity to come back to the Strikers in a coaching capacity after such an enjoyable summer last year,” said Edwards, who debuted for her country at just 16 years of age.
Edwards, who played 23 Tests, 191 ODIs and 95 T20Is became the most capped international female cricketer in the history of the game.
“It's my first coaching role since retiring from professional cricket – of course it will be very different to playing but I'm looking forward to gaining experience over the summer and working with Andrea and squad towards what I hope will be a successful summer,” Edwards said.
Edwards will join Head Coach Andrea McCauley and Assistant Coach Shelley Nitschke, who has stepped down from playing after coming out of retirement for two seasons with the Strikers.
“The exciting talent of (Amanda) Wellington, (Bridget) Patterson and (Tahlia) McGrath added in with international experience of (Suzie) Bates, (Sophie) Devine, (Tammy) Beaumont and (Megan) Schutt, shows we have the squad that could challenge for the title,” Edwards said.
“I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with the entire squad.”
The Strikers open WBBL|03 with games against Hobart Hurricanes at Glenelg’s Gliderol Stadium on 9 and 10 December.
Complete Strikers WBBL|03 squad: Rhiannon Dick, Annie O’Neil, Ellie Falconer, Tammy Beaumont, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Megan Schutt, Amanda Wellington, Samantha Betts, Tahlia McGrath, Katelyn Pope, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville, Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson.