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Wounds to heal

Wounds to heal

In her first blog since England's ICC World Twenty20 final defeat to Australia, Charlotte Edwards talk heartache, moving on, and in-jokes with Prince Philip.

I've been lucky to go to the Palace on a few occasions

"It was obviously a horrible feeling to miss out so narrowly on winning the ICC World Twenty in Sri Lanka. Looking back on the match I almost wish that we'd been beaten by 30 runs rather than the four which we fell short by! Ultimately though, we didn't play well enough on the day.

"But I'm not the kind of person who dwells on results - even when we win - and it's great for us as a squad that we have the chance to make up for it so soon, with the defence of our 50-over World Cup title coming up in India in just ten weeks.

"We're starting preparation in Loughborough this weekend and I'm confident that the disappointment in Sri Lanka will spur us on as a squad. We're one of the two or three best teams in world cricket at the moment and we always set out realistically to win these global tournaments. That makes it hard to lose - but it's important we don't panic, you don't become a bad team overnight.

"What was pleasing about the tournament was that the profile of the women's game in the UK has risen once again because of our performance. You're not really aware of it at the time, but looking back objectively, it's pleasing that our efforts have been noticed.

"Players like Sarah Taylor got lots of mentions in the press and I think we're getting good exposure among sport and cricket fans alike which wasn't always there before. For someone like me who has been around the game for a long time, that's almost as pleasing as the results we get.

"Since getting back from Sri Lanka I've had some time off from playing, which has been nice after being in action pretty much permanently since April. I've been to a couple of dinners at Lord's, including the Chance to Shine Awards and the NatWest OSCAS, and to Buckingham Palace with my Kent teammates to celebrate our County Championship victory.

"It's nice to see the England men on these kind of occasions and we wished them well ahead of their trip to India. There's a good relationship between the squads and I'm looking forward to watching them in the next few weeks.

"As for meeting the Royals, I've been lucky to go to the Palace on a few occasions now with Kent and England; enough for Prince Philip to say "you again" when we meet! I think that's a good sign..."

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