Con­nell, Sel­man in squad to face Sri Lankans

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua, CMC – New-ball bowlers Shamilia Con­nell and Shak­era Sel­man have been passed fit and in­cluded in a 13-mem­ber West Indies Women’s squad to face Sri Lanka in the three-match One-Day In­ter­na­tional se­ries which bowls off next week.

The Bar­ba­dian duo had been named in the 19mem­ber train­ing squad last month sub­ject to clear­ance from the Cricket West Indies med­i­cal panel, af­ter both suf­fered tour­na­mentend­ing in­juries dur­ing last July’s Women’s World Cup in Eng­land.

Con­nell was limited to just two matches, pick­ing up a hip in­jury in her sec­ond out­ing against In­dia at Taun­ton while Sel­man suf­fered a blow to the head in the open­ing match against Aus­tralia and never played again.

The pair will form part of a strong unit, all of whom were part of the dis­ap­point­ing World Cup cam­paign.

Chief se­lec­tor Court­ney Browne said while it had been in­ten­tional to keep the core of the squad to­gether, se­lec­tion had also been based on the at­ti­tude of play­ers dur­ing the re­cent camp in Trinidad.

“The fi­nal squad as we men­tioned pre­vi­ously, would have been based on a strong work ethic dur­ing the train­ing camp that was held over the last cou­ple of weeks,” Browne said.

“Fo­cus was also placed on se­lect­ing a bal­anced squad, not­ing that some of our key play­ers are all­rounders. We have main­tained a core group of play­ers that have per­formed be­fore for the team, along with a few young play­ers and we must now al­low the coach­ing staff to drive per­for­mance.”

No place has been found again for ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man Brit­ney Cooper who was the only mem­ber of train­ing group not to travel to the World Cup.

Shanel Da­ley has also missed out af­ter man­ag­ing just 60 runs in five in­nings dur­ing the World Cup while Qiana Joseph, Feli­cia Wal­ters and Sub­rina Mun­roe have all been over­looked.

The squad will be led as usual by Stafanie Tay­lor with sea­soned off-spin­ner Anisa Mo­hammed as her deputy.

Ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers Merissa Aguilleira and De­an­dra Dot­tin, both with over 100 ODIs, are also in the squad.

The se­ries will be the first for the side since the wretched World Cup cam­paign where they man­aged just two wins in seven matches, and Browne said an im­proved per­for­mance was ex­pected.

“We ex­pect to see more of an over­all team ap­proach to the dif­fer­ent facets of the game and to see more play­ers tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for team per­for­mance, thus re­al­is­ing more of a team ef­fort in win­ning matches,” he said.

The three ODIs to be played on Oc­to­ber 11, 13 and 15 at the Brian Lara Sta­dium in Trinidad will form part of the new round of matches in the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship.

SQUAD – Stafanie Tay­lor (cap­tain), Anisa Mo­hammed (vice-cap­tain), Merissa Aguilleira, Re­niece Boyce, Shamilia Con­nell, De­an­dra Dot­tin, Afy Fletcher, Kyshona Knight, Ky­cia Knight, Hay­ley Matthews, Chedean Na­tion, Akeira Peters, Shak­era Sel­man.

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