Edwards: We'll bounce back
Captain Charlotte Edwards is adamant England will react to their shock exit from the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean with the same spirit that swept them to the world title last year.
Edwards admitted the reigning champions have "a few questions to answer” following their two-run defeat to West Indies yesterday, which ended their hopes of retaining the trophy they won at Lord's last June.
Defeat to Australia by the narrowest of margins in their opening fixture had put pressure on England to deliver in St Kitts.
But, after reaching a promising 65 without loss in pursuit of West Indies’ 122 for eight, England suffered a debilitating collapse from which they never recovered.
Despite her palpable disappointment, Edwards is convinced her team have the ability and mental strength to restore their reputation as among the world’s best.
“We are bitterly disappointed and I’ve got a very sad changing room down there but we are going to have to pick ourselves and get back home and get ready for our summer series against New Zealand,” Edwards told ECBtv.
“We’ve still got 11 world champions in that room, they have just not performed in two games of cricket.
“It’s simple. We’ll come back, they are a strong group.
“They are going to have to go back and work hard and answer a few questions but we’ve stuck together on many occasions now.
“Its been a tough winter for us all and we are not playing our best cricket but we’ll come back fighting again and we’ve got a great opportunity against New Zealand in the summer to do that.”
Coach Mark Lane was impressed with the side’s efforts in the field during the tournament but admitted their batting had let them down.
“We prepared thoroughly, properly and we executed our plans in both games with the ball,” he said.
“With the ball and in the field we were good but with the bat we have just not executed our skills under pressure.”