Cricket - Edwards: Poor shots cost England

England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards admitted poor shots were to blame for her team's demise as they suffered a painful two-run defeat to Australia in their opening World Cup Super Sixes match.

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Cricket - Edwards: Poor shots cost England

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Charlotte Edwards made history as England beat India

In a low-scoring encounter at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, England looked to have put themselves in pole position when they skittled out their opponents for just 147, Anya Shrubsole doing much of the damage with three for 24.

England's reply was woeful to start with as they crumbled to 39 for six, but a battling 49 from Lydia Greenway helped get them back on track before late fireworks from Holly Colvin and Shrubsole set up an exciting finish. However, Colvin's dismissal eventually handed the honours to Australia and Edwards admitted: "We're disappointed to get so close."

She added in the post-match presentation: "It was an important toss and I think we exploited the conditions well, and Anya bowled brilliantly up front.

"The reason we've lost this game is because of poor shots and a couple of bad decisions which have really cost us.

"We've got strength in depth in our order and we still believed we could win towards the end, and Holly played fantastically well.

"We're disappointed now but with this competition you've got to forget about it and move on to the next game, and hopefully we can win the last two."

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