Women's World Twenty20: England Women 'didn't turn up for final'
'Australia seem to play with a lot of freedom in showpiece occasions...'
Last Updated: 09/04/14 9:44am
The Southern Stars breezed to victory in Dhaka, chasing down England's below-par total of 105-8 with 29 balls to spare, seamer Sarah Coyote (3-16) taking the Player of the Match award after picking up the key wickets of England skipper Charlotte Edwards (13 off 19 balls) and fellow opener Sarah Taylor (18 off 25).
"I just think England didn't really turn up," former England seamer Guha told Sky Sports "They failed to apply themselves in the first six overs and I think that set the tone for the rest of the match.
"There were too many dot balls - upwards of 20; Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards have enough experience to find the gaps and score the boundaries but on this occasion Australia bowled well; they bowled tight lines and they bowled to their field and England were unable to penetrate the gaps.
"They were always on the back foot after that. Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor formed a nice partnership but losing wickets at crucial times meant that they couldn't really get up to that defendable total. Australia also exposed the middle-order."
England failed to hit a single six throughout the tournament whereas Australia struck four in the final alone, two coming from skipper Meg Lanning as she compiled 44 off just 30 balls.
All-rounder Ellyse Perry weighed in with a maximum of her own one her way to 31no off 32 balls and Guha said Australia's power-hitting advantage clearly took its toll on England.
"Australia are obviously up for the challenge and the last two that I've seen, they seem to play with a lot of freedom in games like this," she reflected. "They rise to the occasion when all eyes are upon them and England tend to have slower starts.
"So whether it's a case of getting off the mark quicker or just trying to have that attacking mind-set right from the start, I'm not sure.
"It's not like England don't play well under pressure - in the last two Ashes series we've seen that when it comes down to it they've actually played some really good cricket. The other thing that they really do need to work on is hitting sixes."
England seamer Anya Shrubsole - subsequently named Player of the Series after taking 13 wickets at 7.53 apiece - struck early in Australia's chase, removing Jess Jonassen (15 off 10 balls).
But Edwards' side simply didn't have enough runs to play with and Brunt said England - who won the Ashes this winter despite losing the T20 section of the series 2-1 - still have plenty to work on in the shortest format of the game.
"Even though we won the Ashes we didn't play a good T20 series," said Brunt, currently out of the squad after having surgery on a back injury for the second time.
"T20 is a specialised game now and they have got more bigger hitters within their squad, who aren't afraid to go out there and swing their bats.
"If you break it down we do have players in our squad who can really give the ball a big whack; the difference is that their big hitters are continuously coming out and being brave and taking risks and it is paying off.
"You can't take credit away from Australia - they bowled really well today as well, mixing it up with some fantastic slower balls from Rene Farrell. Three of their bowlers - Farrell, Perry and Sarah Coyte - came to the party excellently."
She added: "I feel really sorry for Anya. She's played brilliantly throughout the tournament in hard conditions and you really need your batsmen to back you up. After that score, Anya will have felt quite disheartened and it can really have an effect on you."
Spinner Holly Colvin, who played in three ICC Women's World T20 tournaments including England's victorious 2009 campaign - as did Brunt - said England's total was probably at least 30 runs short.
"England will admit that they didn't deserve to win that game - they probably brought their worst performance to that game and Australia probably brought their best," said Colvin, currently taking a break from the game. "It's such a shame that it wasn't a closer final.
"England would have been looking to post a total something closer to 140. Australia didn't suffer from low-total syndrome - they were going to get the runs with loads to spare. They showed exactly how England should have played in the powerplay.
"Jess Jonassen may not have lasted very long but she played her part - she got quick runs and showed how to bat aggressively."
Review all of the action from both men's and women's finals in tonight's World T20 Zone in the company of Michael Atherton, Robert Key and Joe Root - at 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Sky Sports 2.