Matthews ap­pointed vice-cap­tain for Windies cam­paign

Stabroek News - - STARBROEK SPORT -

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua, CMC – Bat­ting star Hay­ley Matthews has been named West Indies vice-cap­tain for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup which bowls off in Guyana to­day.

The 20-year-old has been a fix­ture in the side since mak­ing her in­ter­na­tional de­but four years ago and will now serve as Stafanie Tay­lor’s deputy for the Novem­ber 9-24 tour­na­ment.

“I am very de­lighted that the hi­er­ar­chy of Cricket West Indies see me as a good fit for vice-cap­tain,” the Bar­ba­dian righthander said.

“I think the added re­spon­si­bil­ity will be of great ben­e­fit to my over­all game. It will be an amaz­ing feel­ing to play in front of home fans here in the West Indies.”

Matthews led the Windies in the open­ing warm-up against In­dia last Sun­day when Tay­lor was rested, and re­ceived strong re­views from her han­dling of the squad. She has struck three half-cen­turies in 33 Twenty20 In­ter­na­tion­als, the first of th­ese fifties com­ing in the fi­nal of the 2016 T20 World Cup fi­nal when the Windies stunned Aus­tralia to lift their maiden ti­tle.

Tay­lor, who took over as skip­per three years ago, said Matthews’s on-field per­for­mance would be key in her lead­er­ship.

“Hay­ley is young but very con­fi­dent and knowl­edge­able about the sport,” she noted.

“She is some­one who can lead from the front, with bat and ball, and en­cour­age her team­mates to raise their game in vary­ing sit­u­a­tions.”

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