Windies Women ready for Eng­land se­ries – Tay­lor

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Jer­maine Lan­na­man

FRESH FROM their his­toric vic­tory over Aus­tralia in the fi­nal of the ICC World Twenty20 ear­lier this year, West Indies Women will go about show­ing that their tri­umph was no fluke when they take on world-rated Eng­land Women in the five-match one­day in­ter­na­tional se­ries, start­ing to­day at the Trelawny Multi-Pur­pose Sta­dium.

In what will be their first in­ter­na­tional fix­ture since their win, the West Indies will en­ter the con­test ranked sec­ond on the lat­est ICC Women Cham­pi­onship with 20 points, one ahead of Eng­land, who are third.

A qual­i­fier for the ICC Women World Cup in Eng­land next sum­mer, the eight-team Women Cham­pi­onship is led by reign­ing world cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia on 30 points, with New Zealand fourth on 16. In­dia, South Africa, Pak­istan, and Sri Lanka are the other com­pet­ing teams.

Two points are of­fered for qual­i­fy­ing-match vic­to­ries, with one point given for a no-re­sult.

The top four teams at the end of qual­i­fy­ing, which cul­mi­nates later this year, will ad­vance au­to­mat­i­cally to the World Cup, with the bot­tom four slated for a play-off.

“I wouldn’t say tough, but I know it’s go­ing to be a chal­leng­ing one,’’ said West Indies cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor, ahead of the opener, which, like the sec­ond fix­ture, will not of­fer points to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The fi­nal three matches of the se­ries, how­ever, to be played at Sabina Park, will of­fer points.

“They def­i­nitely have good play­ers, but I think we are quite equal, and as such it should be a very good matchup,” she added.

Coached by Vas­bert Drakes, the West Indies will en­ter the se­ries with more higher-rated play­ers than Eng­land.

Lead­ing the way is the dec­o­rated Tay­lor, who is cur­rently ranked fifth on the lat­est ICC Women one-day in­ter­na­tional bat­ting rank­ings, fourth in the bowl­ing equiv­a­lent, and num­ber one on the all-rounder chart.

OTHER PLAY­ERS

She is fol­lowed by team­mate, the big-hit­ting De­an­dra Dot­tin, who is ranked ninth in bat­ting, and off-spin­ner Anisa Mo­hammed, who is ranked third in bowl­ing.

Eng­land, in the mean­time, has front-line bat­ter Sarah Tay­lor, oc­cu­py­ing the num­ber seven po­si­tion on the bat­ting rank­ings, and Kather­ine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, and Anya Shrub­sole con­trol­ling the num­ber two, eight, and nine posts on the bowl­ing chart.

WI Women Squad: Stafanie Tay­lor – cap­tain, Merissa Aguilleira, She­maine Camp­belle, Shamilia Con­nell, Brit­ney Cooper, Shanel Da­ley, De­an­dra Dot­tin, Afy Fletcher, Erva Gid­dings, Stacy-Ann King, Ky­cia Knight, Hay­ley Matthews, Anisa Mo­hammed, Chedean Na­tion, Shaquana Quin­tyne, Shak­era Sel­man, Tre­mayne Smartt.

Eng­land Women Squad: Heather Knight – cap­tain, Sarah Tay­lor, Anya Shrub­sole, Kather­ine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Tammy Beau­mont, So­phie Ec­cle­stone, Ge­or­gia El­wiss, Alexan­dra Hart­ley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Lau­ren Win­field, and Danielle Wy­att.

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