We must do better - Edwards

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Charlotte Edwards has urged England’s batters to make a vast improvement if they are to maintain their charge to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final.

England sauntered past Pakistan by 63 runs at Taunton today, but were reliant on Edwards’ 43 from 32 balls in their total of 123.

The world champions also inexplicably suffered five run outs as the innings subsided.

England play Australia in their semi-final at The Oval on Friday, knowing the winners will play New Zealand or India in a Lord’s final on Sunday.

“I don’t think we played quite at our best today but we’re in the semi-final,” Edwards told ECBtv.

“Our batting has been disappointed, but our bowling and fielding is something we’ve really worked on. The batting needs to go up a notch and I’m sure it will do.

Charlotte Edwards

The England skipper set the tone with a rapid 43, but her team-mates failed to capitalise on the start granted to them

“We’ve got a massive game come Friday. I thought we came out with our ‘A’ game to start with. But it was difficult, it was quite a worn wicket and we were tied down by the spinners. The five run outs were schoolgirl errors.

“We’re backing ourselves come the big occasion. Teams have bad days, but we’re still winning games of cricket.

“It’s going to be a really special occasion at The Oval. There’s a massive carrot to play in a final at Lord’s.”

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