Hayley Matthews, Stacy Ann King recalled for Ireland/England tour

By April 18, 2019

Barbados allrounder Hayley Matthews and Stacy Ann King have been included in a 14-member Windies Women squad to tour Ireland and England from May 21-June 26.

However, the selectors have opted to drop veteran players Anisa Mohammed and Merissa Aguilleira.

Matthews returns to the squad after recovering from an injured medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury she suffered while playing in the Women’s Big Bash in Australia last December.

The injury caused Matthews to miss recent series against Pakistan in Karachi, Pakistan and Dubai. Stacy Ann King, meanwhile, is returning to international cricket after an almost three-year absence. She last represented the Windies Women in the 2016 home series against England.

“Stacy Ann King’s return to the West Indies Women’s team to tour Ireland and England is no real surprise after her performance during the recently concluded Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup and CWI’s T20 Blaze tournaments,” said Robert Haynes, the interim Chairman of Selectors.

“Her experience is very vital in this very crucial series against England, a series that we must win, so her ability to bowl good left-arm swing will be an added dimension to our bowling attack.

“Anisa Mohammed and Merissa Aguilleira’s performances in the recent women’s championships weren’t what we expected or how we wanted them to perform, so, unfortunately, they were not picked on this touring squad. There are other ladies who are vying for these coveted spots, we have three other wicketkeepers who have all been scoring consistently thereby outperforming Merissa.”

Haynes said the return of Matthews, who bowls spin and the fact that Captain Stafanie Taylor also bowls off spin, and has been performing well, made selecting Mohammed impossible.

So, overall we have a very unique and balanced team which reflects what we saw in Guyana during the Women’s Championships. Merissa and Anisa have given a lot to West Indies Cricket and I’m sure based on improved performances we can see them back in the West Indies Women’s team in future series.”

The fourteen (14) member squad along with six (6) reserve players will assemble in Antigua from May 6-20 for a training camp, before the touring party’s departure to Ireland from Antigua on May 21.

The West Indies Women will play Ireland in three (3) T20 Internationals on May 26, 28 and 29. Then they play England in three (3) One Day Internationals as part of the ICC Women’s Championships on June 6, 9, and 13. Three T20 Internationals will follow on June 18, 21 and 25.

FULL SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Hayley Matthews (vice-captain), Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbell, Natasha McLean and Stacy Ann King.

 Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond, Reniece Boyce, Britney Cooper, Shanika Bruce, and Shawnisha Hector will train with the squad at the camp.

 

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