Edwards senses England impetus
England’s World Twenty20 final heartbreak will give their 50-over World Cup preparations “an extra edge”, according to captain Charlotte Edwards.
Edwards’ side won 25 of their 26 T20 internationals before the final only to lose by four runs to Australia at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium.
England regroup on Thursday to begin building up for the World Cup, which they will attempt to defend in India early next year.
Edwards told ecb.co.uk: “Having had the disappointment we've just had, I think that will hopefully add an extra edge to our training over the next few months.
“We won't be giving it (the title) up lightly; we fought to the end in the Twenty20 and we'll do exactly the same. This team is full of fighters and hopefully that will continue in India in February.”
Edwards is not perturbed by the World Cup being on the sub-continent, in part because England won their first four World T20 games in Sri Lanka.
“It's really nice that we've got an immediate focus ahead of us. We've got a big two months of training and we're really looking forward to it,” she said.
“It's the sub-continent again, which is good, so we know what we're going to be up against and I think that will hopefully stand us in good stead.
“We've got a great 50-over record. We're current champions as well, so that will give us lots of confidence going into that competition. We've just got to prepare well, like we have done in all our other tournaments, and hopefully this time luck will be on our side.”
Edwards and the rest of the World T20 squad have been resting since the final on October 7, although she revealed there has been some individual fitness work in that time.
“I think it's nice the girls have had a bit of a break. It's been a long summer for us all and a lot of our energies have been pushed into Twenty20 cricket,” she added.
“It's quite nice to have a different focus now and it's an opportunity for people to bowl longer spells and bat big. That's something we'll obviously be trying to get across to the team over the winter training sessions we've got, and then we're off to India on January 16th for a training camp and straight into the World Cup. It's going to be a busy few months ahead.”