Windies need to show char­ac­ter, warns Aguilleira

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY -

FOR­MER SKIP­PER Merissa Aguilleira be­lieves West Indies Women will need to dig deep and show their char­ac­ter if they are to se­cure an au­to­matic spot at next year’s 50-over World Cup in Eng­land.

The Caribbean side’s chances were dealt a se­ri­ous blow when they lost the open­ing one-day in­ter­na­tional of their three­match se­ries against In­dia Women on Thurs­day, as they missed out on two pre­cious ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship points.

And with four points avail­able from the re­main­ing games, West Indies Women now find them­selves un­der pres­sure to win both in or­der to re­main in con­tention for a top-four spot in the Cham­pi­onship.

“It may sound like a pres­sur­ing sit­u­a­tion but we have been in sit­u­a­tions where we had to come to­gether as a team and work hard, and I think that’s where the best of the best are ac­tu­ally made,” the Trinida­dian said.

“It’s not all the time you will get it where you just go out there and just get some­thing easy. It’s al­ways good to work hard for some­thing, and we know how bad we want to qual­ify, but it is get­ting our­selves to­gether as a team and work­ing hard and trust­ing and be­liev­ing in each other, and trust­ing that God will pull it through for us.”

West Indies Women started the se­ries in third spot on 22 points, one be­hind Eng­land Women and eight adrift of win­ners Aus­tralia Women.

How­ever, New Zealand Women lie fourth on 20 points with South Africa Women fifth on 17, with both teams still hav­ing three games left to play.

The top four teams at the end of the cham­pi­onship will se­cure au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 50-over World Cup.

Aguilleira, who top-scored with an un­beaten 42 in her side’s pal­try 131 all out, which re­sulted in a six-wicket de­feat to the In­di­ans, backed the Twenty20 World cham­pi­ons to hit back strongly in the re­main­ing con­tests.

“Even though we have our down­time at this point in time, I have full con­fi­dence in the girls. I have full con­fi­dence in my­self that we’re go­ing to bounce back and we’re go­ing to bounce back, for the peo­ple of the West Indies.”

The sec­ond ODI bowls off to­mor­row.

AGUILLEIRA

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