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Taylor elated with captaincy pick

KINGSTON, Jamaica –– New captain of the West Indies Women cricket team Stafanie Taylor says she is elated over her elevation to her new role in the regional outfit.

Taylor was appointed to replace the long-serving Merissa Aguilleira as Windies women begin preparation for the home series against Pakistan starting next month.

An 18-member squad has also been selected to begin training for the series against Pakistan.

“I’m feeling honoured to be the captain,” Taylor said.

“The good news was conveyed to me by the WICB president. Obviously my family members were elated and congratulated me on this appointment.”

Aguilleira, who has been in woeful batting form, has not scored a half-century in over three years, and managed only 69 runs from 10 ODI outings last year and 86 runs from 12 T20 innings.

Taylor, by contrast, has been one of the most prolific batters in the women’s game in recent years garnering 3,115 runs from 84 One Day Internationals, already with five centuries and 20 half-centuries.

“I knew at some stage this (captaincy) was to come,” said the Jamaican cricketer.

“I would want the long-serving Merissa Aguilleira in the team. I would expect her views just like any other player on and off the field,” said Taylor.

Taylor, 25, has played over 80 ODIs and 62 Twenty20 matches, while scoring over 3,000 and 1,800 runs in both formats of the game. She has also captured some 100 and 50 wickets in both formats.

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