WI heading to WC in good shape: Stafanie Taylor

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New Delhi, (UNI): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor on Saturday said that the team, which is heading into the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, is in a good shape under coach Courtney Walsh.

In a column for the ICC, Taylor said: “The West Indies are heading to the World Cup in a good space, the like of which I have not seen for a long time.

“A lot of that is down to the coaching staff. Courtney Walsh took over as head coach in 2020 and the impact that he and his team have made has been huge. They have been able to teach us things that we were just completely unaware of previously.

“It makes you wonder what sort of players we could be if we had learned some of these things sooner. What sort of player would I be if I knew at the age of seven or eight, what I know now?”

However, the Windies skipper is banking on the experience of Deandra Dottin, Shamilia Connell and Hayley Matthews, along with the youngsters who are eager to make a mark on an international platform.

“We still have a few players from the 2017 World Cup, and players like Deandra Dottin, and Hayley Matthews are in good form,” Taylor pointed out.

“But there are also a lot of youngsters who we have been able to integrate into the side. For those playing their first World Cup, my advice to them is to enjoy themselves. There will be nerves, there is no way around that, but they just need to enjoy the opportunity.

“We need to play well across all three phases. Our fast bowling depth is looking good with Shamilia Connell in good form, and that could be very useful in the conditions over here.”

The showpiece event will begin from March 4 where eight teams will play each other once in the early stages, with the top four moving on to the semi-finals.

The West Indies will begin their campaign against the host New Zealand.

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