Edwards keeps grinning
England women's captain Charlotte Edwards says the one-day internationals with West Indies were ideal tune-up games despite the two matches lasting just 78.2 overs.
Torrential rain curtailed Friday's clash - the players were forced off with England 156 for four - then 24 hours later a destructive bowling performance led by Isa Guha dismissed West Indies for just 41, a total the home side knocked off in quick time.
The weather and feeble West Indian batting aside, Edwards was pleased that the squad shared some valuable time together with the bowlers and batters getting time in the middle, albeit briefly.
"It was a worthwhile few days," she told ecb.co.uk. "Any time we have together is precious. We have to use every moment possible. We trained well on Thursday and have had a bat and a bowl in these two games.
"Ideally, we would have played 200 overs but it was not to be. It's been a good two days. There are lots of positives."
One huge plus point was the performance of Guha, who took career best figures of 5-14 in the 10-wicket win on Saturday.
Showing unerring accuracy and backed up by some excellent work in the field - particularly by wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor - the 23-year-old took five of the first six wickets to fall as West Indies collapsed in spectacular fashion.
"These conditions are suited for Isa," added Edwards. "Normally she is first change but I had this feeling in training that she'd open the bowling. I had a real hunch for her.
"Everytime the players just keep stepping up. Isa has taken a five-for. We want people to get hundreds and five-fors - we need match-winners. It makes it easy for me.
"Isa backs up Nunny [Katherine Brunt] really well. They complement each other - Nunny is quite quick and Isa moves it around.
"It looks a nice bowling attack at the moment, but having said that there are three bowlers waiting to come in. No-one has a divine right to a place. We have a lot of competition for places too."
Edwards admitted she was unsure what to do prior to Satuday's toss. With overhead conditions looking ominous and the bowlers not getting a workout the day before, the skipper opted to take the field.
"It was a difficult decision," she said. "We wanted to get and have a bowl after batting the day before. I was worried about the weather too. It was key that we got out and had a bowl and fielded as a unit again, which was good.
"You can't ask for anything more. Everything we asked of the players they have done. I'm really pleased. We ideally wanted to bowl them out cheaply and be ruthless."
England's next challenge arrives in August in the form of South Africa, a side who will provide a sterner examination than West Indies. Edwards is unruffled, though, and says her team will focus on their own game rather than any opponent.
"That's going to be another test although I don't really know what to expect from them," she said. "We are going to take each game as it comes and just play our own game. I keep saying to the girls 'winners are grinners', so we want to keep winning."