West Indies boosted by Taylor
Talented all-rounder returns to the West Indies squad after taking a break for her exams
Stafanie Taylor is back in the West Indies women's team.
West Indies women enter the third match of their T20I series against England on Thursday with renewed hope following the arrival of Stafanie Taylor.
The hugely talented all-rounder missed out on the first two games – which England won comfortably – owing to exams in Jamaica.
Taylor will take her place in the side for Thursday’s match at Northampton with the tourists looking to build on an improved showing in the second T20I at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old’s T20I figures of 872 runs at 33.53 and 33 wickets at 16.12 in 33 matches showcase her claim to being one of the players to watch in the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20.
West Indies coach Sherwin Campbell is delighted to be able to welcome his star player back into the ranks.
“Obviously, she is the top all-rounder in the world, and she will help to make a huge difference to the team,” said Campbell. “We do not want to use her absence as an excuse because the other players need to step up. But she will add a bit more to both our batting and bowling.”
Campbell insists the team are not too disheartened by their early struggles going into a must-win match for the visitors in the five-game series.
“[Morale] is still very good,” he insisted. “We knew where we fell down in the first match and they showed improvement in the second game.
“Once we can continue to improve with every game, we will get the results in the end, but this third match will be crucial.”
The final two matches then take place over the weekend – at Hove on Saturday and Arundel on Sunday – before everyone moves on to Sri Lanka for the WT20.