Taylor focussed on top spot
Dhaka, Bangladesh – In addition to helping her team win the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, West Indies super batswoman Stafanie Taylor is planning to use the tournament to push closer towards securing the number one ranking in women’s cricket.
“I want to secure the number one position in batting for women’s cricket,” a confident Taylor said.
Taylor is currently ranked in the number two ODI batting position behind India’s Mithali Raj. She is 40 ratings points behind Raj who has 766 points.
Taylor says that she believes the West Indies women’s team is developing into a side which will move into the upper rankings for women’s cricket.
“We’re growing as a team, every time we play together as a unit we get better because we learn more about each other and our abilities and it is for this reason that I know we are going to win the qualifiers,” outlined the 20 year old all rounder who is the reigning ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
Taylor who has represented the West Indies in 40 One Day Internationals and 24 Twenty20 Internationals says that she enjoyed the intense two week preparation the team had at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados prior to departing for Bangladesh.
She says that during the preparatory camp she was focussed on spending time at the crease as she knew once she stays in the middle runs will come bountifully.
“I know I needed to work on ensuring that I do not give my wicket away so in the nets I needed to get that right because I know once I occupy the crease I will score runs for my team,” said the Jamaican who has two international centuries.
The right hander who debuted for the West Indies in 2008 and smashed a stunning 49 ball 90 on her T20 debut says that she has also been paying careful attention on developing the mental side of his game in order to remain focussed on batting for longer periods of time.
Ten teams will participate in the qualifiers in Bangladesh and the top four teams will join top ranked sides, England, Australia, India and New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup 2013 in India.
The teams have been drawn in two groups for the qualifiers with West Indies in Group B along with Pakistan, Ireland, Japan and hosts Bangladesh. The qualifiers begin on November 14 and run through to November 25.
West Indies squad: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Shermaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Pearl Etienne, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.
Team Management: Sherwin Campbell – Head Coach, Stephanie Power – Assistant Coach, Marjorie Thomas – Team Manager, Janel Springer – Physiotherapist, Amena Highland – Strength and Conditioning Coach
West Indies group schedule
November 14 – West Indies v Ireland
November 17 – West Indies v Pakistan
November 18 – West Indies v Japan
November 20 – West Indies v Bangladesh
Play off matches: November 22-25