England captain stays upbeat despite World Cup final defeat

Julian Harris
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ENGLAND skipper Charlotte Edwards insists that yesterday’s six-wicket defeat in the Twenty20 World Cup final in Mirpur has not dampened her enthusiasm for captaining the side.

Edwards still has “more motivation than ever” despite losing to an Australia side that surpassed England’s total with 29 balls to spare.

“I’m really enjoying [my job as captain], just bitterly disappointed we couldn’t get over the line,” Edwards said.

No England player managed more than 30 runs yesterday, as they ended on 105-8.

And Meg Lanning’s 44 off 30 deliveries combined with Ellyse Perry’s 31 not out to guide the Aussies to a comfortable 106-4.

The men’s final, meanwhile, saw a dream victory for Sri Lanka and batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who hit 52 not out in his last Twenty20 international, to defeat India.

The victory ended a miserable run of four defeats in world finals for Sri Lanka. They limited MS Dhoni’s side to 130-4, reaching 134-4 with over two overs to spare.