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England quartet earn World Cup recognition

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England have the most representatives in the Women’s World Cup team of the tournament despite their disappointing defence of the title.

Charlotte Edwards’ side had to settle for a third-placed finish in the showpiece won by Australia, who cruised to a 114-run victory over West Indies in yesterday’s final.

Anya Shrubsole

Seamer Anya Shrubsole was one of four England players who earned a place in the Women's World Cup team of the tournament

Yet England still have four representatives - Edwards, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin and Anya Shrubsole - in the 11-woman team, while Australia have three - Rachael Haynes, Jodie Fields and Megan Schutt - plus Holly Ferling as 12th player.

The Southern Stars' victory, which proved a final act for all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar as she opted to bring her glittering career to an end, earned their second world crown in four months after they had triumphed at the Twenty20 equivalent in October.

It also left Jodie Fields' side at the summit of the world rankings, with the Windies sitting second, England third and New Zealand fourth.

The latter’s skipper, Suzie Bates, has reason to celebrate having been named player of the tournament, an effort that helped her move top of the world ODI batting standings.

Women’s World Cup team of the tournament: Suzie Bates (New Zealand, captain), Charlotte Edwards (England), Rachael Haynes (Australia), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Deandra Dottin (West Indies) Eshani Kaushalya (Sri Lanka), Jodie Fields (wicketkeeper , Australia), Katherine Brunt (England), Holly Colvin (England), Anya Shrubsole (England), Megan Schutt (Australia).