WI focus on Kiwis and Aussies

West Indies captain Merissa Aguilliera hoping to lead her troops to glory.
West Indies captain Merissa Aguilliera hoping to lead her troops to glory.

CUTTACK — With the West Indies disappointing tour of Australia almost at an end, the Caribbean region’s focus will now be more fixed on the West Indies Women who are still in with a chance of winning the International Cricket Council’s Women’s World Cup being played in India.

But first they will have to do something they have found extremely difficult to do — beat New Zealand and Australia.

They take on the Kiwi women tonight.

Captain Merissa Aguilleira says her team can ill-afford to make mistakes facing an uphill task through the Super Six phase of the tournament.

West Indies women have four points and will need to topple two former champions New Zealand and Australia to advance.

Windies second Super Six game is against Australia on Wednesday in Mumbai.

“We well understand the position which we face right now,” Aguilleira said.

“It’s the Super Six and we have new rules and we can ill-afford to make mistakes, so we have to be on top of our game, whichever team we play.”

The captain was commenting after her side survived a now familiar batting slump before steadying themselves to beat South Africa Women by two wickets in their opening Super Six game on Friday.

West Indies wobbled to 196 for six before Shemaine Campbelle came to their rescue with 33 from 42 balls.

“We knew we had to start the Super Six on a good note and this is an example of a good note,” said Aguilleira.

“We could have done it much easier, but I guess there are areas in which we need to improve, and after all, it’s about moving forward.”

The skipper says her charges are aware that they face a difficult path to reach the Grand Final following an up-and-down performance in the group stage.

She admitted that although her side pulled through to overcome the South Africans, inconsistent batting continues to be a major concern.

“One thing coach [Sherwin Campbell] always tells us is that once we ‘get in’ as batters, we needed to bat through and that’s one of the areas we are not really accomplishing consistently,” she said.

“We need to be far more patient.”

If they are to succeed, starting from tonight, the likes of Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, the Knight sisters Kycia and Kyshona, Shanel Daley, indeed the entire cast, will have to turn up.

Tonight’s televised game starts at 11.30 p.m. (CMC/WG)

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