West Indies women hope to revive the pride of old in T20 World Cup starting February 21st.
The 2016 World T20 Champions, West Indies arrive for the T20 World Cup in Australia with loads of experience and some x-factor players. They face two tough warm-up games against Australia and India before heading to the main tournament where they are along with South Africa, Pakistan, Thailand and England in Group B.
Stafanie Taylor (c), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Lee-Ann Kirby, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman
West Indies carry incredible experience heading into this tournament. Eight of their players from the 2016 World T20 finals are still part of the team. Deandra Dottin returning to the side bolsters both the batting and bowling and it's great news for the Windies women's side ahead of the tournament. A big-match player, she was the top wicket-taker in the last two tournaments and also adds stability to the batting.
Afy Fletcher is West Indies' leading wicket-taker - 16 scalps at 18.50 - heading into the World Cup. After struggling in her career initially, Fletcher is now a mainstay in the Windies line-up and brings experience and recent form.
They might carry experience and the fame of past wins, but the reality is that West Indies women have lost their last 11 T20I matches. Since bowing out in the semi-finals of the 2018 tournament, West Indies have gone down terribly. A turnaround will mean Dottin and the others clicking in sync which might not be as easy as it sounds on paper.
Cherry-Ann Fraser is widely touted to be ideal for these conditions with her pace and bounce. She has a great idol in the coaching setup in Courtney Walsh and should pick off him. Gus Logie and the coaching staff brings experience just like their players and it is here that West Indies stand a notch above the rest.
West Indies don't have much experience in Australian conditions with skipper Stafanie Taylor the only one to feature in the last edition of the Women's Big Bash League. Dottin will be banked upon for her experience and record as a bowler on the bouncy wickets but there's still a lack of impactful players for these conditions.
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