Mumbai: England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards Friday said it was not some super bowling by Australia but poor shot selection of her teammates which resulted in their narrow two-run defeat while chasing a paltry 148 in a Women cricket World Cup match, here.
"We could have taken 147 any time against Australia, we should have knocked those runs off but it wasn't anything to do with the wicket. To be fair at times it wasn't great bowling so it was our poor shot selection at times," she told reporters. Edwards said some the umpiring decision hurt them bad in the close game specially that of Laura Marsh as it turned the tide in the favour of Australia.
Marsh (22) had combined with Lydia Greenway (49) for a 55-run stand to take her side from 39/6 to 96 for seven. Marsh fell to a debatable leg before decision. "Two poor decisions obviously did not help but there was some poor shot selection by middle order. It (Marsh dismissal) was definitely a turner. The turning point for me was the Marsh dismissal really. They built a really good partnership.
"Still at the end, Colvin and Shrubsole are probably the most calm people at the wicket. We were always really confident to be fair that they are capable of getting the runs, it just wasn't to be," she said. To sum her team's performance today, she said, "We were disappointing with the bat but we have a great record coming into these events against them. It is disappointing that we couldn't go over the line today. "
Her counterpart Jodie Fields said,"We knew we had to bowl tidy overs and we knew if we bowled ine right areas, we could restrict that total." Australian all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar said, "Obviously a 147 runs is not enough on a wicket like that. I always felt it was a game to go down to the wire. Obviously we needed to pickup some early wickets and our seamers did a wonderful job at the start to have six."
Fields added that she was nervous when Greenway and Marsh batted and later when the last two batters brought England closer to the total. "With the partnership in the middle between Greenway and Marsh they were just steadily ticking along. They are quite experienced players and they knew they had to tick it over and get the odd runs here and there. If they could keep their wicket intact they would go quite well. But at the same time if we knew we could keep getting a few tight overs," she said.
"We had to keep bowling tight line. We knew those two batters Anya and Holly would be under a lot of pressure. We backed our players and we came through with the goods today," she added. Sthalekar rated the performance highly and said, "I have been fortunate to play in few matches where it has been tight.
A world cup against the English girls with such a tight finish is really important for us as team building through to the world cup and that ranks pretty high." She added that perhaps the toss becomes insignificant while playing against key opponents. "Obviously the conditions over here is helping the swing bowlers. Maybe the toss isn't a vital one when you are playing key opponents," she said.