Excited Edwards sets sights on final

Charlotte Edwards speaks to ECBtv after England secured their place in the World Cup final with a 146-run victory over West Indies

Charlotte Edwards admitted she is already experiencing goosebumps at the prospect of leading England women out in the World Cup final.

England booked their place in Sunday’s showpiece event courtesy of a crushing 146-run triumph over West Indies at the North Drummoyne Oval today, a victory which extended their winning run in one-day cricket to a record-equalling 17 games.

England’s opponents in the final will be decided on Thursday, with New Zealand favourites to join them. They sit second in the Super Six table and know win over Pakistan will secure qualification.

The final may be five days away, but for Edwards the excitement is palpable.

“We’ve got the biggest game of our lives on Sunday, which brings goosebumps to me already,” she told ecb.co.uk.

“I’m absolutely delighted - it’s something we set out to do a long time ago, to be in a World Cup final.

“I’ve never been in one, and it’s what dreams are made of. We’re really looking forward to it and really excited about the challenges ahead.”

The sense of euphoria at booking their place in the final with a game to spare was tempered by Edwards, who warned that England have nothing to celebrate yet.

Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor maintains her fine form courtesy of a hard-hitting half-century in England's 146-run win

“Like I just said to the girls, it’s only half a job done now,” she added in the aftermath of another efficient performance against West Indies, who were bowled out for just 90 in pursuit of 237 to win.

"I can’t really ask any more of the girls at the moment, but we’ve got the biggest five days of our lives coming up.

"I’m just hoping this great run of form continues into the next few days. We’re really excited and we really believe we can do well in this.”

The most immediate task for England is their final Super Six encounter, against Australia on Thursday.

The game will mean more to the hosts, for whom victory will maintain their slim hopes of reaching the final, but Edwards is keen to ensure her players do not let their standards drop.

“We’ve got a big game against Australia, which is a great warm-up to the big final,” she said.

“We’ll be wanting to win that game more than anything - they’re a great team and we just want to keep our winning run going.

“Playing against a really strong Australian team, and on TV, we want to put in a good show again and keep up this momentum.

“Then it will be plenty of rest because we’ve got to be fully prepared for this final and fresh and raring to go on Sunday.”