Edwards plays down disappointment

England captain Charlotte Edwards insists there will be no knee-jerk reaction after her side suffered shock defeats to West Indies in both the one-day and Twenty20 series.

Edwards, one of only a handful of players who enhanced their reputation on tour, said the team will reflect individually on their own performance as they continue to plan for the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown which will be held in the Caribbean.

"As hard as it is losing, this isn't the end of the world," said Edwards, who scored 29 in the final Twenty20 international which England won by six wickets.

"We don't need to dramatically change the way we do things, we wouldn't have had the success we've had over the last 18 months if that was the case.

Charlotte Edwards

England captain Charlotte Edwards said the tour to West Indies was invaluable despite shock losses in both series

"I think every player now knows what they need to work on to get better technically, tactically, mentally before we go to India for a training camp in February.

"I know these girls will be working hard to make sure that we get to India in the best possible shape and ready to play our best cricket."

World title winners in both the 50-over and Twenty20 format, England were expected to waltz past the home side who were regarded as little more than an emerging nation.

Previously erratic but enthusiastic, West Indies showed glimmers of their undoubted natural talent during both ICC tournaments this year but few could see beyond England as winners.

Tossing the form book out of the window, the hosts, coached by former Test opener Sherwin Campbell, won both series 2-1.

"We were disappointed to lose both the ODI and Twenty20 series but for the most part we were outplayed by a very good West Indian team," Edwards added.

"They have really improved and to have another side capable of challenging for world titles can only be good for women's cricket.

"I don't think we underestimated the West Indies, we knew they were a very good side and they have some world class players.

Beth Morgan, Sarah Taylor, Charlotte Edwards, Holly Colvin & Nicky Shaw

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"It took us a while to get going this series and all credit to the West Indian girls - they didn't let us get into the series at all and we didn't deserve to beat them.

"It's been a tough two weeks of cricket but it will be incredibly valuable moving forward.

"We have been able to expose some of our younger players to a lot of international cricket in a short space of time and have learnt a lot as a squad, not just about the West Indies and how they play but about ourselves as a team. Losing the series, while disappointing, will help us get stronger individually and as a team."

Rather than treating next spring's return to St Kitts with trepidation, Edwards says England are already looking forward to going back.

"We've had really good crowds for every match and have been made to feel very welcome so the girls are excited to be coming back in May for what will be an amazing atmosphere," she said.

"They love their cricket out here and its great to have been able to experience the crowds."