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Edwards rues top order collapse

Asked where it went wrong, the England captain said losing three wickets in four balls proved to be a major setback

Edwards rues top order collapse - Cricket News
Charlotte Edwards blamed the top order's failure for the team's defeat at the hands of West Indies.
England captain Charlotte Edwards conceded that the loss of early wickets lay at the root of England’s Tri-Series final defeat to hosts West Indies.

Danni Wyatt, Edwards and Lydia Greenway fell in the space of four balls at the top of the innings and, having lurched to 22 for three, England made its way to 115 for five, thanks to 28 from Sarah Taylor and an unbeaten 36 by Natalie Sciver.

In-form West Indies opener Stafanie Taylor hit her stride immediately, en route to an unbeaten 51, despite the cheap dismissals of Kyshona King and Merissa Aguilleira, while Deandra Dottin added 46 in an unbroken third wicket stand of 78, by the time England secured the win with 19 balls to spare.

Asked where it went wrong for England, Edwards told the ECB website, “Probably early on in our batting. Losing three wickets in four balls set us back and we struggled to then get a total on the board.

“I thought 116 was more than defendable but we needed to bowl well, we needed to take wickets up front and we didn’t do that. I thought Deadra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor played exceptionally well.

“Sometimes credit has got to go to the opposition and they certainly outplayed us.”

Edwards believes the series, during which England enjoyed a pair of wins over New Zealand during the round robin phase, has been a positive learning experience for England’s bowling attack.

But, having returned from injury to take her place in the final, she wants to see more from the tourists’ batting unit in the three-match one-day international rubber that gets under way in Trinidad on Tuesday.

“I think we’ve learnt a lot,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot about the pitches and about our bowling attack - we’ve got a very young bowling attack who have done really, really well out here.

“To be fair, it’s the batting that’s probably let us down in the T20s. That’s normally been a huge strength of ours.

“The ODI format is a longer time to bat so hopefully we can post some scores and defend them.

“There’s a huge amount of positives to come out of this last week or so, it’s just not the result we wanted.”

England has benefitted from a strong contingent of travelling fans in the Caribbean so far and Edwards is determined to give them something to shout about during the 50-over format.

“It’s great to have this kind of support when we’re abroad and it’s been great to get so many well-wishers,” she added.

“It’s just disappointing that we’ve not got the result we wanted and we’ll be trying to put it right next week.”

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