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Charlotte Edwards

Captain Charlotte Edwards has led England on a 17-game unbeaten run

It was a long journey down to Canberra on Friday – there wasn’t much to see about from a bit of roadkill!

We arrived and pretty much went straight to training. The Manuka Oval was an amazing facility to play cricket in. The practise facilities were first class and the wicket was a road just like Taunton, the Home of Women’s Cricket.

It was a short outfield which I was really pleased about – ones and fours!

We had a team meal in an Italian in Manuka before an early night for everyone ahead of our first World Cup game against Sri Lanka.

I was a little nervous the next morning and keen to get it all started. I lost the toss but ended up doing what I wanted to do anyway which was bat on a perfect wicket.

Having seen the pitch we were hoping for 300 but we managed 277 with Claire Taylor hitting 101 off 95 balls showing why she’s the ICC number one batter in the world. We restricted them to 177 - not one of our better fielding performances, but it was still a win and was two points in the bag.

We travelled back to Sydney on Sunday and Ian Crump, our S&C coach, the best in the business, ran a recovery session to make sure everyone was in peak condition for our next clash against India on Tuesday.

We had our first bit of rain in Sydney on Sunday night which meant training was cancelled on Monday so we had indoor nets at the SCG. It was a bit limited as every team were booked in there throughout the day. But it was a good session and we were ready for our big group game.

The highlight of training for me was when we had to pose with a giant cricket ball for Sky Sports who are covering some of our games live. Christopher Lee, the best in the business, took the photos.

On Tuesday morning we arrived at The North Sydney Oval all fired up for the match. I won the toss and chose to bowl in front of the TV cameras. We restricted India to 169 which I was absolutely delighted with. We knocked them off with 11 overs to spare and just one wicket down with a fine partnership between Caroline Atkins and Claire Taylor.

It was a really professional performances, probably our best of the year so far and we’ll look to continue to play like that throughout the rest of the tournament.

We trained at Waverley Oval on Wednesday with our new temporary manager Ims who is combining the role with her media activities! I had a power nap that afternoon before our team meal at a local Italian restaurant. I wouldn’t be able to live without these power naps at the moment!

I lost the toss the following morning against Pakistan but still managed to wind up bowling which is what I’d intended to do anyway.

Pakistan got off to a good start but we contained them to 78 all out with Laura Marsh taking her first five-wicket haul for England. In reply we lost two wickets but knocked off the runs easily. It was nice for me to get some time in the middle and it was nice to get an early finish.

After that game I caught the ferry to go and see my family in North Sydney where they’re staying in an apartment. It’s the first time my Mum has come to see me play abroad and she’s loving Sydney. It’s great to have her here and even better that she cooked me my dinner last night! It’s nice to eat in the local restaurants, but it’s always so much nicer for my Mum to cook for me!

We changed tack a little today and trained at the Alan Davidson Oval as their turf nets are really good quality. It was an early start and there were a few tired legs around. But we soon got the girls going and had a good session. We’ve got a team meeting now and then a team meal down at Darling Harbour with all the crew and Clare Connor arriving this evening before we face our toughest challenge yet – New Zealand.

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