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Ashes: Edwards draws on past success in Australia

Edwards calls for more women's Test matches

England women's captain Charlotte Edwards says her side will draw on past successes down under during their upcoming tour of Australia.

England were victorious in Bowral to defend the Ashes in 2008 and won the World Cup in Sydney a year later.

"We've been really successful in Australia so we go out there with a huge amount of belief and confidence that we can do well," said Edwards.

"We know we're going to come up against a very good team, but we're ready."

The 31-year-old added: "We can pull on a lot of good memories, I know when I step foot in Sydney that I've won the World Cup and the Ashes there.

"But we can't be complacent. We've got a lot of players who haven't played there before and we know that we've got to hit the ground running."

England, who also won the World Twenty20 in 2009, have held the Ashes since 2005.

The tourists play three one-day internationals and five T20 games before defending the Ashes in a four-day Test at Sydney's Bankstown Oval.

"Having watched the men I'm envious that we don't get to play a three or five-match series," said Edwards.

"At the moment the T20 and the ODI formats have been deemed more important. Hopefully in the long run we can start getting a three-match series, which would make our cricket more enjoyable.

If we play our best cricket we can win, but I'm sure Australia will think the same thing and that's what will make it a tight series

Charlotte Edwards

"In 14 years I've only played 18 Test matches. I think ODI and T20 is the way that the women's game is going, especially T20 because that's what TV wants to cover, but when I play for England it's all important.

"A lot of preparation is geared towards the T20 and ODI formats because that's what most of the games are, but I'm sure we'll be fully prepared for the Test and ready to bat for a long time and take 20 wickets."

England's 15-player squad includes seven of the XI that won in Bowral in 2008.

The tourists also welcome back pace bowler Katherine Brunt, who missed the November tour of Sri Lanka to undergo strength and conditioning work.

In addition, six players who have yet to play Test cricket, Lauren Griffiths, Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight, Susie Rowe, Fran Wilson and Danielle Wyatt, all make the trip down under.

"We're going out there as strong as we can and I'm looking forward to seeing how the youngsters go in Australia because they've shown that they are up for the task," said Edwards.

"We've not been long back from the Sri Lanka tour but we've been preparing for this tour for the last six months and it will be really good to get out there.

"They (Australia) have picked some young players, but by all accounts they are very talented players. We'll be very evenly matched.

"I know that Australia will be hard to beat but I know that this team is up for the challenge.

"If we play our best cricket we can win, but I'm sure Australia will think the same thing and that's what will make it a tight series."

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see also
Wyatt targets Ashes involvement
17 Dec 10 |  Women's cricket
Wilson confident of Ashes success
16 Dec 10 |  Women's cricket
Brunt back for women's Ashes tour
29 Nov 10 |  Women's cricket
England women in Australia 2011
25 Jan 11 |  Women's cricket

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