Stafanie Taylor rejoins Windies women, Matthews still out

By Sports Desk February 04, 2019

The Windies Women are back in Dubai after a 2-1 T20 International series win over Pakistan Women in Karachi over the weekend. 

In Dubai they will play three One Day Internationals against the same team, as part of the ICC Women’s Championship which counts toward qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021 in Australia and New Zealand.

The Windies Women will play a 50-over practice match on February 5, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium against a local team, ahead of the first One Day International on February 7 at the Dubai Stadium, then two more on February 9 and 11 at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai.

Joining the team in Dubai is Captain Stafanie Taylor who did not participate in the T20 Internationals in Karachi Pakistan.

The Windies Women will have a full strength squad with the exception of all-rounder Hayley Matthews who has not fully recovered from an injury sustained last year during the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Head coach of the Windies Women, Henderson Springer said, “ I thought the T20 series was a tremendous opportunity to give some of the ladies on the Windies team who don’t always play consistently, an opportunity to play and perform, and having won it, I think we’ve built momentum to help us deal with the ODI series. I think it can go for both teams, because I think that credit must go to the Pakistan team because they’ve worked hard and both teams have done a lot for women’s cricket. I think both teams will be focused and know that they are capable of winning the series.”

Springer welcomed the return of captain Stafanie Taylor saying “ Stafanie Taylor is always a welcomed addition, both as captain and as one of our leading batters. It means that we will get more runs on the board to put the bowlers in a position to comfortably defend whatever we score… It is always a welcomed addition to have Stafanie on the team.”

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