Edwards aims to inflict more pain

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Ian Mockford & Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards, who said: "We are unbeaten so far and I really hope we can continue that", is presented with the Twenty20 trophy

You should never kick someone when they are down, but that is exactly what Charlotte Edwards is instructing her team to do to New Zealand women during the three one-day internationals.

England women thrashed the hosts 4-0 in the Twenty20 series, only being denied a whitewash due to the abandonment without a ball bowled at Invercargill of the fourth game on Saturday.

Not content with that landslide, Edwards hopes to inflict another drubbing on the home side when the 50-over games start on Thursday.

"We are on top - we must stay there and not let New Zealand back in," Edwards told ecb.co.uk.

"We have to be ruthless. The aim was to win every game. We are unbeaten so far and I really hope we can continue that.

"I'm really excited about the one-dayers. With the World Cup on the horizon I'm looking forward to us developing further as a team. Fifty-over cricket gives you the chance to spend more time at the crease and the bowlers can bowl spells."

England's form in the Twenty20 series victory veered, according to Edwards, from "perfect" in the second game at Hamilton to "not up to standard" in yesterday's five-wicket win at Invercargill.

However, the tourists are still finding a way even when they do not meet their own lofty expectations, which is the mark of a good side.

Anya Shrubsole

"Annie has starred with the ball and led our attack brilliantly," said Edwards of Anya Shrubsole, who took 10 wickets in the series

"We did not play our best cricket in the fifth Twenty20, but we still got the win," said Edwards.

"It was probably the worst bowling and fielding performance of the tour. We were not up to standard. Having said that, we still did well to restrict them to 109. We made hard work of the chase but got over the line."

One player who has excelled, however, is Anya Shrubsole. Back in the squad after a series of injury setbacks, the Somerset quick bowler was the leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps which included 5-11 - the fourth-best figures in women's Twenty20 internationals - in the opening victory at Wellington.

Bowling quick and straight all series, six of her victims were bowled and two were trapped lbw - due rewards for attacking the stumps. Her economy rate of 3.13, considering she bowls in the powerplay, was equally impressive.

"Annie has starred with the ball and led our attack brilliantly," said Edwards. "It meant we took wickets up front and that was the difference between the two sides.

"Everyone is chuffed to see her come back from those injuries. She had a sickening injury last summer after lots of hard work so it's great to see her getting the results she is. It's great to see that all the hard work she's put in is paying off."

Edwards dared to look ahead to a potential new ball pairing of Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt - two of the quickest bowlers in women's cricket. However, both have suffered with injuries with Brunt being rested from the current tour to New Zealand.

"Having her and Katherine Brunt is a brilliant opening partnership but we've got to keep them fit," she warned.

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