ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: West Indies Team Preview
The combined might of skipper Stafanie Taylor and seasoned all-rounder Dendra Dottin might help to improve West Indies' returns in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020, which is currently in doldrums.
Stafanie Taylor was the most successful batter for West Indies in their last white-ball leg which was a 8-match affair against India, including 3 ODI and 5 T20Is. Taylor scored 193 runs from just 3 innings at an average of almost 65.
However, she was only one of the few West Indian players who clicked in the series. The next best batter for West Indies was Chedean Nation who did not have pretty returns to show.
Hayley Matthews was the team's most successful bowler with 9 wickets from 6 innings. Anisa Mohammed and Afy Fletcher also picked up 8 and 6 wickets respectively.
All-rounder Dendra Dottin, who missed the white-ball leg, will be a key player in the team's scheme of things. Dottin makes a long-awaited return to the West Indies squad after missing more than a year of international cricket due to injury.
The dynamic all-rounder most recently struggled with a shoulder injury which kept her out of the home series against Australia and India.
Having played in the WBBL, Dendra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews will be familiar with Australian conditions and will also be in the state to share a few insights with their teammates.
Squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed (vc), Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Lee Ann Kirby, Britney Cooper, Shemaine Campbelle, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman, Sheneta Grimmond, Cherry Ann Fraser, Aaliyah Alleyne
After clean sweeping Ireland 3-0, West Indies have played 9 T20Is and suffered defeats in each of them. The team first loss a series against England and then suffered a 3-0 whitewash against Australia.
They played their most recent T20I series against India at home. Despite the pitches being dust bowls, West Indies were not able to win even a single match and suffered a 5-0 defeat.
Record in T20 World Cups
West Indies have put up decent performances over the years in the Women's T20 World Cup. They qualified for Super Six in the first edition of the tournament and won the 5th place playoff against Pakistan. The team was part of the second semi-final next year but lost against New Zealand by 56 runs, to be knocked out of the tournament.
In 2012 as well, they met a similar fate with them losing by 28 runs against Australia in the 2nd semi-final. History repeated itself in the next edition with the team losing at the hands of Australia in the semi-final again by a narrow margin of 8 runs.
The team was finally able to break the jinx in the 2016 edition with them coming out trumps against Australia by 8 wickets in the final. The trend reversed itself and Windies suffered a 71-run defeat against Australia in the first semi-final in the last edition of the T20 World Cup.
West Indies are placed at the 5th spot in the latest Women's T20I rankings with 6708 points and 248 ratings.
Stafanie Taylor is the only West Indian batter to find a place in the top 10 batters' rankings. She is placed at the 8th spot.
Aye Fletcher, at number 10, is the lone West Indian face in the T20I bowlers' rankings.
Hayley Matthews, Stephanie Taylor and Dendra Dottin are all part of the top 10 all-rounder rankings. While Matthews is placed at the 4th spot, Taylor and Dottin occupy the 7th and 10th place respectively.
Stafanie Taylor - "Four years ago (in 2014) was a perfect storm for us. We really wanted to win, and I think we left all we had on the field throughout the tournament, especially in the final against Australia. We had never made it beyond the semi-finals before, while they were looking to win the title for the fourth successive time, so we knew it would be a really big challenge for us.
"But we went out there and did it for our country, creating memories that we won’t forget. This time around, we just need to do that again, play our game and push until the last ball to see how far that can take us. Winning the title and bringing the trophy back to the West Indies would be success for us."
Prediction - Just miss semi-final berth, end at 3rd spot in Group B after league stage
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