Edwards honest in defeat
Charlotte Edwards admitted England were beaten by the better side following their heartbreaking World Twenty20 final defeat against Australia at Colombo.
Edwards’ troops have been the world’s leading light in the sprint format recently, yet fell short of claiming its biggest prize as Australia initially racked up 142 for four on the back of Jess Cameron’s 45.
Wickets duly tumbled at regular intervals as England slipped to 101 for seven, with Jess Jonassen claiming 3-25.
From that position, the 2009 champions got closer than expected, yet Danni Hazell was unable to deliver the six required off the final ball as Australia defended their crown.
“Australia were better than us today,” said Edwards. “We were under par with the ball, and paid for it. The first six (overs) of their innings was probably the difference between the two teams.
“Our lack of discipline up front has really cost us. They didn’t seem nervous in the dressing room. But there probably were nerves there.”
Edwards’ own dismissal was a key moment, but being caught in the deep is an occupational hazard of her attacking brief.
“My role at the top of the order is just to keep hitting boundaries,” she added. “I’m there to do that, and not too much running around.
“It’s worked for the last 18 months. But part and parcel of that is sometimes getting out.”
Player of the tournament Edwards is consoled, to a degree, by the fact England and Australia put on a fine example of women’s cricket at its best.
“We’re obviously bitterly disappointed we’re not lifting the trophy, but it was a great spectacle for the women’s game,” she said. “I’m very proud of that.”
Australia captain Jodie Fields inevitably wore the broader smile.
She said: “England played a really good match, but we had the belief in our team.
“It was just an all-round performance; we always had the belief. Just to be standing here is awesome. All the hard work has been worth it.”