We came up with our best too late: Charlotte Edwards
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A dejected England captain Charlotte Edwards blamed her side's exit from the women's cricket World Cup on inconsistent and slow starts in the first phase of the event, saying the defending champions came up with their best way too late.
"We came here to win this tournament and we haven't and we are not even going into the final and that is disappointing for us as a group of players. We know where we went wrong," Edwards said after England beat New Zealand by 15 runs in a dead rubber yesterday.
"We were very inconsistent in the first phase of the tournament and possibly now playing our best cricket which is too late, which is the most disappointing thing for us as a group of players," she added at the post-match conference.
"We have paid for our sort of slow start in effect and now when we are hitting the straps, we are not looking any deeper than that. These players are world class players and it's just one of those tournament cricket," she asserted.
Edwards said she had expected Australia to win and was heartbroken when she got to know that the West Indies had beaten the five-time world champions.
"I looked at the big screen to see the results but I didn't actually take in what the information was telling me. So I just assumed that Australia had won their game because when I went out to bat, they were going pretty well.
"One of the Kiwis quite quickly told me that the Aussies had lost and I told her I didn't believe her. So they had lost. And Sarah (Taylor) came upto me and she said they had lost. Pretty heartbroken. For three overs I didn't really know what I was doing to be honest," she recalled.