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Edwards: England starting over

England captain Charlotte Edwards insists her side's summer success will have little influence on Friday's Women's Ashes Test.

England won the reformatted series 12 points to four despite drawing the Test match at Wormsley.

That makes them favourites to retain the urn Down Under but, having seen their male counterparts whitewashed 5-0 after celebrating their own victory a matter of months ago, they will be wary of an Australian response at the WACA.

And with six points on offer in the solitary Test - compared to two for every ODI and T20 match - Edwards knows how important it is to hit the ground running.

"I personally don't think this summer is going to have any bearing on what happens over the next few weeks," she told ECB.co.uk.

"I think it's important that we start well. I think we've seen that from the men's series and I've no doubt it's going to be the same here.

"All our preparation has been around us winning this Test match.

"We feel we've got the squad to do that and I think it's important that we start with that mentality. It's a huge incentive to get that six points on the board early on.

"We know we're going to have to play well, but our preparations have gone really well and we'll be coming out hopefully all guns blazing."

Edwards' opposite number Jodie Fields has also been taking pointers from the recently concluded men's Ashes.

Darren Lehmann's side impressed with their attacking style, while the tourists struggled with a game built around containment.

Fields said: "It was disappointing series for us in England but we are very keen to right that here.

"We've all gone back to our domestic teams and we are in form. I can't wait to get out there.

"We want to go out and play an aggressive brand of cricket like the men have.

"We're here to focus on what the Australian team is doing well and I can't wait to see what they do."