Sunday 6 April 2014 

Video - Australia Are Deserved Champions - Edwards

A magnanimous Charlotte Edwards admitted that her England side had been outplayed and Australia were the deserved winners of today's ICC Women's World Twenty20 final in Mirpur.

England, champions in 2009, succumbed to the 2010 and 2012 winners having been comprehensively outplayed during a six-wicket defeat.

After scoring 105 for eight, England were beaten with almost five overs to spare as Meg Lanning (44) and Ellyse Perry (31 not out) hurried Australia to a third straight title win.

"I think credit has to go to Australia," Edwards said.

"I think they bowled exceptionally well. We did not really have any answers with the bat or the ball and you know, they are deserved champions."

Edwards said that although the team had gone in with plenty of confidence on the back of four straight wins, they just did not produce a good enough performance on the day.

"I think that we came in to today really confident.

"We have won the last two Ashes series, we have played really well against them.

"We had a young side today. So we just did not play well enough and I think I am not going to look too deep into it. It is T20 cricket.

"You have not got the chance to rebuild like in a Test match or a one-dayer. And we just were not good enough."

Edwards has led the side since 2006 and says she is minded to carry on as skipper despite this disappointing result.

"See, I am not going to be too downbeat," she said.

"We have had a brilliant winter. This is obviously just a bit of a disappointing end to it.

It would have been great to have won this as well, but no, I am as motivated as ever (to carry on as captain)."

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