New Zealand arrive to face Windies
Kingston, Jamaica – New Zealand women’s cricket team arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday for what their coach Katrina Keenan believes will be a tough series against West Indies Women.
Keenan, who said “women’s cricket is getting very competitive internationally” believes the series in the Caribbean, which includes One-Day International against the West Indies and a Twenty20 Series with West Indies and England, will come down to the team that prepared the best.
“A lot of the series (women’s cricket) now being played are in sub-continent countries, so (in the Caribbean) it’s different from the tougher wickets we use to play on. “It’s going to come down to the team that prepared the best, and to follow through on the plans that they set out,” Keenan said.
“It will be a new experience for our players playing on West Indies wickets,” she said while adding the aim is to get in and read those conditions early.
New Zealand will have one warm-up match against Jamaica’s Under-17 male team on Thursday at Up Park Camp, before the start of the Series on Sunday at Sabina Park.
On the West Indies team, Keenan, a former fast bowler for New Zealand, said while she is well aware of Stafanie Taylor, who played in the Auckland team she coaches in New Zealand, as well as Dottin, who she described as “very exciting cricketer”, the focus will not be on those two big names.
“West Indies have talented players,” he said while adding “the moment you focus on any one or two key players, then you have the young players or some you didn’t think about may come through … So I think it’s about looking at every player and getting a sense of what their strengths are, and their weak areas to see how we can exploit those (areas).”
“At the end of the day it’s about us sticking to our plan and if we can do that, then we will have a good result,” she added.
New Zealand Squad: Suzie Bates, Erin Bermingham, Nicola Browne, Rachel Candy, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Frances Mackay, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Rachel Priest, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite,Lea Tahuhu.