Edwards out to make amends
Captain Charlotte Edwards admits England’s desire to succeed in the World Twenty20 is heightened by their disappointing showing at the last showpiece.
Defending their title in the West Indies 18 months ago, Edwards’ side was knocked out in the group phase.
That was a far cry from their effort on home soil the year previous, when England dominated all-comers to complete a double alongside the World Cup which was won soon before in Australia.
"That’s cricket,” she said. “I’ve played cricket for a number of years and, as I’ve said to the girls, I’ve had many highs and lows.
“That was a huge low, but it is not something I think too much about in terms of thinking about what went wrong.
“That was the turning point for us as a team, so I only see it as a positive now. We’ve moved on and it’s good that it hurts.
“It really hurt a lot of these players and hopefully some of that hurt has come out in some of our performances over the last 18 months.
“We really want to put things right and we are going in the right direction at the moment.”
Edwards puts the upturn in fortunes down to their ability to learn from what went wrong in the Caribbean.
“We had a big debrief about the West Indies experience and we changed our approach, which has really worked for us as a group,” she added.
“Everyone has really bought into it, which has been the key factor. Everyone knows we have got to play slightly different roles on different days.
“It’s been the players who have really bought into this and really performed for us, so hopefully that will stand us in good stead for Sri Lanka.”
One of those players who has certainly “bought in” is wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor, who was last week voted ICC Twenty20 player of the year.
Speaking about England’s number three, Edwards said: “She has been unbelievable.
“We all sit in the dugout in awe of some of her shots; she is only 23 years old and can be as good as she wants to be.
“We are really pleased to have Sarah in our team, but it’s not just Sarah; we have got several players putting in match-winning performances.
“We are not reliant on Sarah, but, ultimately, she is a massive player for us. Hopefully, her form will carry through and I am really pleased for her to win the award.”