Mohammed, Taylor aim to top the world

Basseterre, St Kitts -- West Indies players Stafanie Taylor and Anisa Mohammed are both targeting moves up the International Cricket Council’s Women’s One-Day International Player Rankings when they face India Women in a three-match series.

Taylor, the prolific right-handed opening batter, starts the series at Number 2 behind India’s Mithali Raj. Mohammed, the accurate off-spinner, is at Number 5 and is also looking to move up the ladder.

The West Indies won the recent five-match T20 Series 3-2. The three-match ODI Series will be played at Warner Park in St Kitts. The first match is Wednesday. First ball is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).

Speaking on Tuesday after training, the 23-year-old Mohammed outlined that while it would be good take a step up the rankings, the team’s performance is more important.

“I’m five points behind Laura Marsh who is in fourth position so I’m hoping that I perform good enough to up to fourth place. Moving further up would be a bit more difficult at this stage as the other three bowlers are way ahead in terms of the points. But the key is to do well and win matches for the West Indies. Winning is first,” said Mohammed who has taken 72 wickets in 48 ODIs.

The 20-year-old Taylor, was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011 and also won the Player of the Series award in the recent T20 Series. She is the leading allrounder in world cricket and also Number 2 in the batting rankings with 747 points just behind the experienced Mithali, who starts the series with 758 points. Taylor, who also a key member of the West Indies bowling attack with her off-spin, is at Number 8 in the bowling rankings.

“I’m always playing to get better and better and if that takes me to Number 1 in the batting rankings well that’s fine. I’m just looking to improve and do my best foe the West Inbdies every time I play,” said Taylor, who is the leading West Indies run maker with 1,731 runs in 44 ODIs since her debut in 2008.

“There is always pressure when you’re playing at the international level but I don’t let it get on top of me. I just go out and do what I know I have to. There is focus on me buit we have a number of outstanding players in the team who can win a match for us  and we always back each other to perform.”

One-Day Internationals Match Schedule
Wednesday, February 29: 1st One-Day International at Warner Park, St Kitts - 10 am
Friday, March 2: 2nd One-Day International at Warner Park, St Kitts - 10 am
Sunday, March 4: 3rd One-Day International at Warner Park, St Kitts - 10 am

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 18:06