Windies Women need to play more ODIs - Stafanie Taylor

Stafanie Taylor

Windies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, believes the team needs to play more 50-over matches if they are to be competitive against the best teams in that format.

Taylor, who took three wickets as the West Indies defeated Sri Lanka in the first of three ODIs in Trinidad on Wednesday, is of the view that more experience at the longer format will only help the team.

Not including Wednesday’s match that the Windies won by six wickets at the Brian Lara Academy, between May 2015 and their disastrous World Cup in July, Taylor’s women have lost 14 of their 26 games and were bowled out inside 50 overs in 10 of those defeats.

The captain believes that technical deficiencies exacerbated by not playing enough 50-over matches contributed to the performances that got head coach Vasbert Drakes and the entire technical staff fired.

“That mindset of batting through a whole day, which essentially means 100 overs, can be developed only when we play more longer-format games - both at the international and domestic level,” Taylor said in a recent interview.

"We need to play more 50-over cricket. Yeah, we might be a good T20 team, but we play ODIs as well. We need to have more game time in that format so we can improve. I did have some conversation with the board (Cricket West Indies) regarding having three-dayers and four-dayers in the longer format, just to try and get that temperament stronger."

She was disappointed that the head coach was fired.

"I'm not sure why a decision like that was made. A few players may have been a bit disappointed given we were close to the previous management. To see how it happened is a bit disappointing, but these are things we can't control,” she said.

“They did what they had to do, and I am not in a position to question the board on whom they fire and hire."

Taylor also hinted that players perhaps needed to start taking a closer look at themselves with the objective of finding ways to improve.

"Some of us have been together for a long time, around seven years. So I don't think there is any insecurity at the back of their minds. However, as players, we need to be honest with ourselves, and ask, 'Are we doing enough to stay in the team?'"

The West Indies go for a second win against Sri Lanka when they play the second match of the series in Trinidad on Friday.

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