Women's World Twenty20: Edwards 'motivated' to continue

Veteran skipper Charlotte Edwards said she has "more motivation than ever" to captain England women despite their disappointing six-wicket defeat by Australia in the World Twenty20 final.

The 34-year-old has won five Ashes series and led England to the World Cup and World T20 titles in 2009.

But they were well beaten in Mirpur as Australia won with 29 balls to spare.

"I'm really enjoying [being captain], just bitterly disappointed we couldn't get over the line today," said Edwards.

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"The difference between the two sides was with the bat - England I think have the better fielders and bowlers but Australia played the far more expressive cricket and had no fear. That gives them the advantage in the shorter format."

"We weren't good enough today. They bowled extremely well and came out there and really took it to us and we didn't have any answers to that.

"I'm still really proud of where the team has come. They are quite an inexperienced group and we knew it would be a big effort to win this.

"We were beaten by the best team in the tournament and they were deserving winners."

England made only 105-8 after losing the toss and collapsing from 55-1 in the 10th over. Captain Meg Lanning then scored 44 off 30 balls to round off a comprehensive victory for the Southern Stars.

Australia hit four sixes in their run chase; England did not many any in the entire tournament, and it is an area Edwards is targeting for improvement.

"That is clearly going to be something we need to address," she added. "We have done well in the past at hitting fours but the game is moving on all the time and, with us being professional now, we need to focus on it more."

England seamer Anya Shrubsole was named player of the tournament for taking more wickets - 13 - than any other player.

"Australia were the better team - they deserved to win," she said. "I'd give this [award] back for the trophy the Aussies have just picked up."

Australia, who lost back-to-back Ashes series to England in 2013 and 2014, have now won a record three World Twenty20 titles in a row.

"I am really happy right now," said 22-year-old Lanning. "To win is an amazing feeling and the support from [coach] Cathryn Fitzpatrick has been great.

"We had our plans. We are attacking in nature and love to play our shots, even chasing such a small total.

"We have lots of experience even though we are young. This core group of players have had some big moments and hopefully that will help us as we carry on."