'The women's game has gone to another level'

The captains at the final discuss the wins, losses, surprises of the tournament, and what lies ahead (09:04)

March 22, 2009

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Women's World Cup 2009

'The women's game has gone to another level'

March 22, 2009

This is Jenny Roesler for Cricinfo Talk and I have with me Charlotte Edwards and Haidee Tiffen. Charlotte is, of course, winning captain for England, who beat New Zealand by four wickets to take their third World Cup title.

Charlotte Edwards: "I'm just hoping the other boards will jump on board, because women's cricket is a great sport and the players work so hard" © Getty Images

Jenny Roesler: Charlotte, a fabulous win, your first World Cup. How does it feel?

Charlotte Edwards: It's an unbelievable feeling to be world champions. This is a combination of a lot of hard work and [having] a great team around me. I'm delighted. It's probably not going to sink in for a few days but it's a great feeling.

JR: Just to sum up the tournament, how has the standard of cricket been?

CE: I have been very impressed. The standard has risen so much in the last four years and this year it has gone to another level. It's great that such good cricket is being played and we were lucky to have our matches televised. The game is going out to a lot bigger audience now.

JR: How much will your win, given how much you have been supported by the ECB and the Cricket Foundation, impact the game? Will it send a message to the other boards that they have to support their girls?

CE: I hope it will. The ECB and the foundation have put in a lot of money for our girls and it's great that we can reward them with a World Cup win. I'm just hoping the other boards will jump on board because women's cricket is a great sport and the players work so hard and they should be rewarded for that.

JR: What has been the surprise of the tournament to you?

CE: Pakistan have been fantastic, as have been West Indies. They have come out and played their shots against the bigger teams and played in such a great manner. This tournament has been a great spectacle for women's cricket and I hope to play more of these teams in the future.

JR: Has there been any disappointment for you in this World Cup?

CE: [laughs] Not really. I have loved playing every minute of this tournament. I especially love playing cricket in Australia, and I have got no problems at all with this World Cup.

JR: What has been the interest in the World Cup by the media back home?

CE: It's been amazing. So many journalists have talked to me, Sky has been covering it. It will be interesting to turn up in England on Tuesday morning and see what sort of media frenzy there is. Obviously going back with the trophy is going to be great for us and hopefully we can put women's cricket on the map back home and get people to the games to watch the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes.

Surprise of the tournament: Pakistan © ICC

JR: And how do you feel about the World Twenty20 to be played on home soil?

CE: It is going to be the biggest event we have ever played in. We have to go back and work hard now because the other teams are going to be chasing at our heels. We have a lot of things to work on; we have not played our best cricket here and we want to work on getting better and better.

JR: That's brilliant, Charlotte. Many congratulations. And now we have Haidee Tiffen, New Zealand's captain. Haidee, a disappointing final for you.

Haidee Tiffen: It was extremely disappointing. We didn't get up with our batting and didn't get any partnerships going, but I can't take anything away from England. They played really well. Nicki Shaw thoroughly deserved the Player of the Match. She took each of her four wickets at crucial times, and being at 101 for 7 it was very difficult for us to post a big total. Maybe an extra 30 or 40 runs would have been enough, but full credit to them.

JR: What, according to you, has the overall standard of cricket been?

HT: The teams have certainly improved a lot and just to see someone like Pakistan getting to sixth has been fantastic. Any of the top four teams can be beaten on the day, and unfortunately it wasn't our day today.

JR: Do you think the number of extras conceded by the teams is a cause for concern?

HT: I think extras are part of the game and maybe it was because of a wee bit of nerves or trying too hard. Obviously you don't want to bowl those extras but it's really just part of the game. We will go back and analyse our performance and work on it over the winter.

JR: Do you think the teams can expect to be professional [paid] by the next World Cup in 2013?

HT: I'm sure there will be some sort of movement from New Zealand Cricket for the players, but I'm not sure what exactly. We have shown that we are a professional unit and I think we'll have a meeting with the board and chat about it.

JR: What players or teams have been the surprise of the tournament?

HT: I was pleasantly surprised by the Pakistan team. We last played Pakistan at home when I was 14 and my provincial side beat them, so I was surprised by the level of enthusiasm and standard they brought to the tournament. In terms of individual performances, I can't say I was surprised by who turned out to be the top performers of the tournament - Claire Taylor was always expected to churn out the runs. It's an exciting time for women's cricket and I'm sure there'll be some young talent coming through soon.

JR: What for you was the disappointment of the tournament?

Haidee Tiffen: "We have shown we can be consistent, we have improved by leaps and bounds and lifted our rankings" © Getty Images

HT: Obviously our loss in the final was a huge disappointment. We worked extremely hard over the past four years. We've had a bit of an up-and-down last couple of years, but I believe we have shown we can be consistent. We have improved by leaps and bounds and lifted our rankings [to No.2], but this loss has to be very disappointing.

JR: Everyone back home must be really backing you. What has been in the interest in your local media?

HT: The media has been outstanding from home. We have got messages from every nook and cranny in New Zealand, and certainly our 4.5 million population has been right behind us. We have done our country proud.

JR: What will the World Twenty20 mean to you?

HT: It's a quick turnover. We've just got a couple of months to train before we head over to England. It's another great initiative that the ICC have brought into women's cricket that we get to play alongside the men. It's another opportunity to showcase what skill level the women around the world have.

JR: That was Haidee Tiffen, the New Zealand captain, and this is Jenny Roesler singing off for Cricinfo Talk.

Posted by futurechamp on (March 25, 2009, 7:07 GMT)

Nice to watch playing cricket by light fingered gentry with high class performances. It's amazing by their skills, approach, sense of the game and reading the match situations are unbelievable. Being a former cricketer from Sri Lanka, full credit must be given to all participated teams as well as supporting staff and the organizers. A Muslim country like Pakistan where females are mostly housewives, displyed their ability with the willow and leather is creditable. It's a fantastic sign for the game of cricket. Even other countries have improved the level of the game immensley.ICC should take care of it. Anyway Thanks a lot for the cricketing music with a female voice.

Posted by palfeb3_1987 on (March 23, 2009, 12:32 GMT)

English women deserved to win the world cup. I am from Chennai, India and i am a big fan of cricket. Whether its men or women i like to watch it. I would have liked my Indian team to put up with England in the finals. Nevertheless they played well. After all they are undergoing a transitional phase. And my most favourite players are Mithali Raj and Charlotte Edwards. I loved it when u won the ICC Women's player of the year award in 2008 Charlotte. Its a stellar performance from your team and u have taught your English men counterparts a good lesson. Hopefully they start to play some good cricket. Adios - Palaniappan, Chennai, Indian.

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