Edwards applauds England's efforts
Captain Charlotte Edwards was delighted with her side’s effort in the field after England progressed into the NatWest Quadrangular T20 final with a 22-run victory over Australia at Bristol.
Spinner Danielle Wyatt claimed 3-10 from two overs as England bowled out Australia for just 114 after Edwards had led from the front to top-score with a run-a-ball 43 in England’s total of 136 for six at Bristol.
After the run-rate slowed down against the Australian spinners in the middle overs, Edwards felt England were short of a par-score but praised her side following their response in the field.
“I was slightly nervous about stepping out, thinking maybe we haven’t got enough runs. The way the bowlers performed at the end there was fantastic and the fielders backed them up and it shows when you have got runs on the board, pressure counts in those last few overs,” she told ecb.co.uk.
“We are really chuffed to beat Australia especially in front of a wonderful crowd here at Bristol.”
Edwards praised the Bristol crowd and insists a large following brings the best out of her team.
“The girls love playing on Sky and they seem to love playing in front of a crowd. They love performing which is great. I think as cricketers we want to play in front of as many people as we can and show people how good we are,” she said.
Victories over New Zealand and Australia have given England a huge amount of confidence but Edwards believes there is a lot more to come from certain players within the squad.
“The team have done themselves really proud today and I’m really proud of what we have achieved but we have got two important games of cricket coming up and we won’t rest on our laurels at all,”
“I think a lot of people haven’t contributed yet to our success. I think there is more to come from our batting line-up and there’s a little bit more to come which is exciting for me. I think there’s always areas we can improve and I’m really happy but never satisfied,” she added.
Edwards has led by example so far in this series, top-scoring in both matches, and is satisfied with her form as well as her blossoming opening partnership with the talented Laura Marsh.
“It was harder than I thought today. Being stuck in there was quite tough and with the hard wind coming into the pavilion, but I'm pleased with my form, it’s always good for me to go out there and set the tone and me and Marshy are forming a really good partnership up the top which is really exciting,” she said.
“It’s always good to beat the Aussies and hopefully there is more to come from us.”
Sarah Taylor was awarded player of the match after following an impressive 25 with the bat with a catch and a stumping in the field.
The wicketkeeper was understandably proud of England’s showing.
“It was a great team performance today. Charlotte (Edwards) and Laura (Marsh) got us off to a great start again and we kept the momentum up,” she said.
“There was a real buzz in the field, the spinners really turned the screw and were backed up by the fielders.
“It’s so good to play in front of a crowd, it really boosts you every ball when there isa cheer, we all enjoyed it today and I’m really enjoying being back in the squad.”