Windies Women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor cracked a patient half-century but could not prevent a 6-wicket loss for the regional team as India claimed the three-match One Day International (ODI) series 2-1.

The 28-year-old all-rounder cracked 79 from 112 balls, which played a major role in rescuing the struggling Windies who were at one point hobbling along at 50 for 4.  Taylor first partnered with Kyshona Knight to steady the ship with a 34-run stand, before paring up with Stacy-Ann King to put 96 runs on the board.

The team looked set to climb over 200 but a late flurry of wickets, including that of Taylor’s, stymied those efforts.  With runs hard to come by the Windies total of 194 seemed likely to be a challenging target.  Openers Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana, however, in effect, made the total look like a walk in the park.

 The prodigious pair put on 141 in 25 overs for the first wicket, each bringing up sublime half-centuries. Mandhana was the more aggressive of the two, striking three sixes in her 63-ball 74, a knock which earned her the Player of the Match award. With the stroke which brought her to 50, she crossed the milestone of 2000 ODI runs, reaching the mark in just 51 innings, the third-fastest in women’s cricket. It was some return from injury.

 

 

Newly appointed Windies skipper Kieron Pollard has promised to reject the idea of insularity, an accusation traditionally leveled at numerous regional team selection panels.

As captain of the One Day International and T20 teams, Pollard will assist a panel that has often been accused of favouring players from different regions of the Caribbean, based on its composition at the time.  Despite being an allegation that has never quite been proven, it has clearly caught the attention of the new skipper.

“One of the major things we (selectors) talked about is the insularity that has been going on in the Caribbean and it is something we want to [stamp out],” Pollard said in a recent interview.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, which part of the islands you’re from, once your performance is there, once you fit into the dynamics of the team, [once] you fit into what we’re looking for, you’re going to be selected.

“[The fact] that sometimes you veer to where you’re from is unfortunate, maybe as a home captain or coach, but at the end of the day we will try to pick the best team.

“Me, knowing myself and how I go about things – and this is something I’ve been preaching since the franchise system started in the Caribbean T20 before the CPL – the bigger picture is the cricket and whichever persons are doing well, they’re going to be selected.”

Pollard replaced Jason Holder as ODI captain and Carlos Brathwaite as T20 captain.

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