Jess Cameron hit the highest score of 45 in any World Twenty20 final to help Australia to 142-4 in their 20 overs before the champions restricted England to 138-9 at Premadasa stadium.
Spinners Jess Jonassen (3-25) and Lisa Sthalekar (2-16) shared the spoils as England found the going hard on a spin-friendly pitch.
Australian captain Jodie Fields said her team’s hard work had paid off. “England played a really good match, but we had the belief in our team. Just an all-round performance. It’s awesome to be standing here as winners. All the hard work has been worth it,” said Fields
England captain Edwards showed disappointment over the loss. “It didn’t go our way, but congratulations to Australia. We didn’t do well up front, and just couldn’t pin them,” said Edwards, declared player of the tournament on scoring 172 in five matches.
Brief scores: Australia 142-4 (J Cameron 45; H Colvin 2-21); England 138-9 (C Edwards 28; J Jonassen 3-25, L Sthalekar 2-16, J Hunter 2-36)