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Sports Max – West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, is confident the team is an improving force in One Day International cricket, ahead of the start of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which bowls off in under a week’s time.
The West Indies, who briefly took part in the qualifiers, will get their campaign underway against host New Zealand on Friday, with few having the team among the favourites to win the title. For one, the West Indies have never won the tournament with their best result coming in 2013 when they finished runners-up to Australia.
Nor is the team’s record in the format particularly impressive. Over the last five years, the team has won just 3 of the last 14 series. In that run of games, they played 46 matches, winning 15, drawing 2, and losing 27 with 2 no results. Taylor, however, believes the team has shown improvement in recent months, with two of those wins coming in the last year.
“I think we’re making strides (in the ODI format),” Taylor told members of the media.
“For us, it is more about improving every time and getting better at that,” she added.
The team has, however, never beaten New Zealand with their last encounter ending in a chastening 205 runs defeat to close out a 3-0 series defeat in 2018.
“We’re pretty excited about that. You probably wouldn’t want to play the hosts in the first game but it is what it is,” Taylor said.
“I think for us, we have to go out there and play to the best of our abilities. You can see New Zealand doing pretty well, we’ve had a lot of cricket to look at, so hopefully we could get one over them.”