Tay­lor: Play­ers need to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Cap­tain of Eng­land Women, Heather Knight (cen­tre, left) re­ceives the series tro­phy from Sports Min­is­ter Olivia Grange (cen­tre, right) af­ter the fifth one-day in­ter­na­tional be­tween West Indies Women and Eng­land Women on Wed­nes­day at Sabina Park. Look­ing on are other mem­bers of the Eng­land Women’s team. KINGSTON, Ja­maica (CMC): EST INDIES Women’s cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor says her side lacked in­tent dur­ing the re­cently con­cluded five-match one-day series against Eng­land Women and called on more play­ers to con­trib­ute to­wards the team suc­cess.

The Caribbean side went down by five wick­ets in the fi­nal game at Sabina Park on Wed­nes­day to con­cede the series 3-2.

“I don’t think we fought the fight we would’ve ac­tu­ally wanted. We knew these points [in the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship] were ac­tu­ally cru­cial and I don’t think we had the in­ten­tion,” Tay­lor said in a frank as­sess­ment of her side’s per­for­mance.

“Eng­land per­formed like they are the ones play­ing at home, so I didn’t think we made our pres­ence felt, and we kind of fell down there.”

She added: “As play­ers, we need to take a lot more re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tions and not leave it up to one or two peo­ple.”

West Indies Women twice came back, af­ter trail­ing in the series, to level at 2-2, head­ing into the fi­nal game. They suf­fered a nar­row five-run de­feat in the opener in Trelawny, but won the sec­ond game at the same venue when they clinched a dra­matic 38-run victory.

When the series moved to Sabina Park for the three all-im­por­tant ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship games, Eng­land Women drew first blood with a con­vinc­ing 112-run win be­fore West Indies squared the series with a 42-run ver­dict in the fourth ODI.

WBATTING BRIT­TLE

While Tay­lor shone with three half­cen­turies, the home side’s bat­ting proved brit­tle through­out, and the 25-year-old Ja­maican said this was an area that re­quired at­ten­tion.

“I def­i­nitely think our bat­ting is one of the weak­est points. If you look back at Trelawny, we fell down a few times down there, and even com­ing here, we bat­ted first and just one time got over 200 runs,” she pointed out.

“So when you look at it, I think it’s kind of poor, see­ing that you are play­ing at home. Play­ers of the Series, Eng­land’s Alex Hart­ley (left) and Stafanie Tay­lor (right) of the West Indies, with West Indies Cricket Board Pres­i­dent Dave Cameron af­ter the fifth One-day In­ter­na­tional be­tween West Indies Women and Eng­land Women on Wed­nes­day at Sabina Park.

You ac­tu­ally want to dom­i­nate when you’re at home, and I don’t think we do so.”

Other than Tay­lor, no other player man­aged to pass 50. Lead­ing play­ers like De­an­dra Dot­tin fin­ished with 102 runs from her five out­ings, while the sea­soned former cap­tain Merissa Aguilleira could only muster 43 runs from her four trips to the crease.

Twenty20 World Cup star teenager Hay­ley Matthews also failed to get among the runs, with 76 from five in­nings.

“From the World Cup, the ex­pec­ta­tions for Matthews were quite high. I know that she be­lieves she’s not giv­ing [what is] ex­pected, but I think she’s still young and has a lot to learn,” Tay­lor said.

“I do think, for Merissa, you need more consistency. She’s one of those play­ers that has been do­ing well for us.”

Wed­nes­day’s fi­nal game high­lighted the Windies Women’s bat­ting prob­lems. Opt­ing to take first knock, they were dis­missed for 155 in the 48th over, leav­ing Eng­land Women with an un­com­pli­cated tar­get.

Tay­lor said the de­feat had been a fail­ure of ap­pli­ca­tion.

“I do think if we had aimed for 190-plus, we could have changed the game,” she noted.

“I don’t think the in­ten­tion was ac­tu­ally there, but I don’t think the sur­face made much of a dif­fer­ence. I think it was quite sim­i­lar [to the oth­ers], a good bat­ting pitch. It was just for us to ap­ply our­selves.”

PHO­TOS BY WICB ME­DIA/ATHELSTAN BEL­LAMY

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