England hungry for more success
England are determined to build on their double World trophy triumph and ensure it is the start of a golden era for them as the dominant force in women's international cricket.
Yesterday's six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the ICC World Twenty20 final at Lord's followed their success over the same opponents in the 50-over World Cup in Sydney to leave no doubt about the identity of the best women's international team.
With little else to target in the women's game - only England and Australia play Test matches against each other - they have already won everything their sport has to offer.
But their appetite for success remains undiminished as they begin preparations for a five-match one-day series and solitary Test against Australia this summer.
"It's easy to keep developing because we love winning trophies," explained captain Charlotte Edwards. "We love playing cricket together and we've got a really good group of girls together.
"I don't think there's any retirements on the cards so we want to play for the next few years and keep being successful. We've had a taste of success now and we just want to continue playing good cricket."
England's dominance of the international game is underlined by having three players - Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor and Edwards - in the top 10 of the official ICC rankings for the best one-day batsmen while Holly Colvin, Isa Guha, Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt are in the top 10 of the women's bowling list.
But those who have struggled to establish England as a force for many years, particularly Edwards and Claire Taylor, are refusing to take their exalted status for granted and want to enjoy a sustained period of success.
"Having played cricket for 11 or 12 years with this team now, Charlotte and I have been through some pretty tough times with the England Women's cricket team," admitted Taylor, who was named as player of the tournament.
"We're now playing good cricket and the sort of cricket we're playing now is great to be part of and we want to carry that on.
"We may be world champions in two forms of the game now but we've still got an important series and lots more opportunities to play some good cricket this summer."
Yorkshire seamer Brunt, who won the player-of-the-match award in the final victory over New Zealand after claiming 3-6, was equally determined to enjoy further success this summer in their own Ashes series.
"We've won it on their soil and before that we've won it here so we're pretty confident going into it," said Brunt, who sported a black right eye for the final two matches of the tournament after being hit by a ricochet during a fielding drill.
"We've got a lot of young talent and they're very experienced now. We've got a lot of players in the top 10 in the world and we love playing at home now so we believe in ourselves and we're really looking forward to it.
"The key to our success is that we believe in each other a lot. We have such a tight unit now and we all get on really well in and out of cricket and if you've got that it usually holds you in good stead."