West Indies Women on the field against England Women. (Picture courtesy CWI Media)
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua and Barbados will play hosts to the West Indies Women’s International Home Series against Australia from September 5 to 18.
Fans will have the chance to rally behind their new-found women’s heroes following their great performances in the Caribbean at last year’s ICC Women’s World T20. This will be the West Indies women’s first home series since their semi-final defeat to Australia in that tournament.
Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the players after matches for photo and autograph opportunities.
The Series will open with three Colonial Medical Insurance One Day Internationals (ODIs) in Antigua, part of the ICC Women’s Championship.
The first ODI will be played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on September 5, while the second and third matches will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium September 8 and 11, respectively.
Six vital ICC Women’s Championship points will be up for grabs during the series and the West Indies Women are keen to earn the maximum on home turf. They currently sit in seventh position with 11 points, three behind New Zealand.
This series will be followed by three T20 Internationals (T20I) at Kensington Oval from September 14 to 18.
Captain Stafanie Taylor will play her 100th T20I in the third match. With an average of 36.5 and 2844 runs, she is second on the all-time women’s list for the most T20I runs scored and is currently ranked second on the ICC T20I all-rounders ranking and third in the T20I batting rankings.
These games are vital in terms of team development and preparation in the build-up to next year’s ICC T20 World Cup to be held from February 18 to March 5, 2020 in Australia.
“This series against Australia is important not only because of the championship points available but also because we have six matches against them. This is their first bi-lateral tour to the West Indies and while they got the better of us in the semis of the T20 World Cup last year, we are focused on learning hands-on the intricacies of their game,” Taylor said.
She added, “And with the next T20 World Cup just over six months away, we are focusing on improving and going further than we did in the last tournament.”
Prior to the start of the series, the West Indies Women’s team will gather again at the West Indies High Performance Centre at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua for a two-week training camp, following their month-long training camp in July. (PR/SAT)