A bid to become double world champions was not to be, as England, captained by Rochdale-born Heather Knight, were thrashed by Australia during the Women's World Twenty20 final in Antigua on Sunday (25 November).
"The last two World Cups really hurt and we had to change a few things and move it forward", she said, referring to their semi-final loss at the 50-over World Cup a year ago and defeat to West Indies in the title match of this tournament in 2016.
"In some ways, I think that gives you a bit of a grounding and real level-headedness that potentially - through absolutely no fault of their own - the guys haven't had in the last 10 or 15 years because the game is so demanding and they're travelling 11 months of the year", she told British media.
Spinners Ashleigh Gardner and Georgia Wareham took five wickets between them to limit England to a lowly 105 off 19.4 overs, before Gardener led Australia's chase as it reached its target of 106 with 29 balls to spare.
"The last couple of World Cup exits for us hurt our team a lot", Lanning said. Finishing unbeaten on 28 and 33 respectively, they embraced knowing they had secured their side a first major trophy win since 2014.
England reached the mid-point of their innings on 57 for three with Wyatt and Knight at bat, but the pair could only muster a 23-run partnership as the former was caught at cover.
England hopes rose when Beth Mooney was caught for 14 off Danielle Hazell with their opponents needing 62 runs from 13 overs.
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Gardner sent a full toss from Knight to the rope in the 12th over, then had two more off Kirstie Gordon as Australia looked to finish with a flourish.
Lanning, who hit the winning run, said being outplayed by India did not affect the team's morale heading into the knock-outs.
Knight said after the game: "Danielle Wyatt started brilliantly". We wanted to put runs on the board, we knew there'd be dew.
"The T20 World Cup is in Australia in 2020, which is going to be massive (and) I think we've shown that we can be the world's best team". Some of them have sat up brilliantly.
"It's been a great experience for those girls, it'll make them better players in the future".
"So for us to continue the way we've been going and have such incredible support from CA, the public and family and friends is fantastic".
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