Edwards: Experience will be vital
Captain Charlotte Edwards believes England women have gained invaluable experience and made huge progress following a successful finale to their tour of India.
The tour ended on a high with victory in the final Twenty20 international at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex to seal a 2-1 series triumph.
Laura Marsh spearheaded the successful run-chase to dilute any disappointment of failing to seruce a first one-day series win in India last week.
Edwards was thrilled with the way her young side responded after the 3-2 series defeat in the 50-over format.
“Having lost the one-day series, it was really important to win the Twenty20 series,” she told ecb.co.uk. “It was probably one of our best performances of the tour today and everyone contributed to our success.
“I am really chuffed for the girls because they have worked so hard throughout the trip and it is nice to end the tour on a real high. The experience is invaluable.
“We have really had to dig deep at times. It would have been easy to chuck in the towel after the 50-over games when we didn’t play that well, but the girls have shown some good signs that we are building a good, strong unit again.
“The Twenty20 suited the squad we brought out here more. We are a good Twenty20 side and I think we have shown that over the past week.”
In the absence of the rested Claire Taylor and the injured Sarah Taylor, Edwards was pleased with the way other players seized their chance to shine.
“When you are missing Sarah and Claire Taylor, it is a huge loss to any team because you are missing two world class batters,” she said.
“It was going to be hard for those younger girls to step in to their shoes, but they have done brilliantly, especially in the Twenty20s.
“The girls have really shown what they are made of, which is fantastic, and to win without those two in India is a real achievement for us.”
Edwards was pleased with the contribution of the entire squad throughout the tour, with Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh and Danielle Wyatt starring in particular.
“All the girls have played some part,” she added. “Laura Marsh did very well today. She took her opportunity at number four and batted superbly well.
“Katherine Brunt has been superb with the ball throughout this tour; she has really led the attack.
“Dani Hazell has been a real find for us this trip. She had limited experiecne with the team last year but she has really taken her opportunity over the last year with the bat and the ball.
“So she has been a real find, as has Dani Wyatt, who is new to squad, and they have both showed us what they can do.
"That is really good for young players coming into our team at the moment and makes selection even tougher."