Charlotte Edwards admitted England let themselves down in the Ashes one-dayers but the captain backed her side to bounce back in the Test match on her home ground.
England trail 4-2 after the three one-day internationals – but with four points available for the Test starting at Canterbury today, they could yet have a lead themselves before three Twenty20s complete the series at the end of this month. The hosts made a good start to the summer, but Australia finished strongest in the ODIs – especially in the final match at Worcester.
“I thought we played well for a game and a half, and [then] we let ourselves down in 10 overs, said Edwards, who plays her club cricket for Kent. “The first two games, I was really happy with where we were at. [But] I was bitterly disappointed at Worcester. We didn’t play – we didn’t even come to the party there.”
England have had time to regroup since then, and their captain is confident the brief break has helped them.
“It’s been nice to get away for a couple of weeks, reflect on it, learn and move on,” she said. “We haven’t got a huge amount of experience in terms of playing four-day cricket.
“We go out there in our ODI cricket and look to get wickets and score runs. We’ve just got to do it for an extended period of time, and that’s what we’re saying to the players. We want them to still be positive and express themselves.”
Edwards’ opposite number, Meg Lanning, knows a win in Kent would give her side one hand on the Ashes. Australia can go 8-2 in front with only six more points then available from three T20 matches – and Lanning said: “If either side can get a win here, that puts you in the box seat.”Reuse content