Wearing the favourites' tag

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Charlotte Edwards Taunton

England skipper Charlotte Edwards

We’re now busily preparing for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 which we head into as favourites following success in the recent World Cup. It’s a tag I love as it generates more media interest particularly with the tournament being staged here in England.

The players however are playing it down and just want to focus on the cricket!

We all met on Friday ahead of the opening ceremony at Lord’s which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. However the girls weren’t too disheartened as they had their victory lap of honour to look forward to!

In the interval of the opening men’s game between England and Holland, the girls paraded the World Cup in front of the crowd. It was the most incredible atmosphere and the response they got from the crowd was unbelievable! Everyone was cheering and clapping and really got behind them which was fantastic to see.

The victory lap had been rescheduled from the Saturday of the West Indies Test at Lord’s when it had originally been planned. England had already sealed the victory then so the girls’ parade was postponed.

The group stages of the women’s tournament are all down in Taunton, so on Saturday morning after a quick press conference at Lord’s at 9am we all travelled down to the Home of Women’s Cricket for a garden party and team photos. It’s not quite the Sydney Opera House, but comes a very close second!

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The team in pre-tournament pose during the garden party at Taunton

Taunton, although not the biggest city in England to explore, is lovely, with a great variety of restaurants and shops. There’s a big women’s cricket following in the South West which makes it an ideal venue to host this stage of the tournament.

On Sunday the players will be signing bats and doing interviews for the ICC as well as some media activity that we’ve organised here at ECB.

We’ve then got warm-up games on Monday and Tuesday against some tough opposition – Australia and New Zealand before it kicks off officially on Thursday with our first game against India.