Disappointment for Cardwell as England's bid for Netball World Cup glory ends in defeat
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Cardwell started at goal-shooter in an unchanged Roses line-up.
Australia got the game's first turnover and dominated the early stages, before England recovered to finish 13-13 at the end of the first quarter.
But by the halfway stage the Diamonds looked more in control to open up a 27-23 lead, though Cardwell scored the final goal of the quarter to keep England in touching distance.
Cardwell and Helen Housby, who started at goal-attack, switched roles for the third quarter and Cardwell scored a brilliant goal while off balance, but Australia moved up a gear to open up a 10-goal lead as the quarter ended with England trailing 46-36.
Cardwell was back at goal-shooter for the final 15 minutes but there was no stopping the Diamonds.