West Indies is a dangerous side: Fields
Australia Women's captain says batting has been her team's strength in the tournament so far
Jodie Fields expressed her disappointment at losing to England despite being, according to her, dominant for most of the match.
The Australian team has set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, to be played on Friday (October 5). The loss to England in the group stages is in the past now, and the focus of the team, and Jodie Fields, its captain, is on the dangerous West Indians.
“Yeah, we are quite happy to be in the semis right now and it’s great that we are playing West Indies,” said Fields after the team reached Colombo, the centre for the business end of the tournament, from Galle, where the group stages games were held. “The loss to England was disappointing. But it really feels great to be in the semis and, today, we had a day off and chilled out and we are looking forward to playing West Indies on Friday.”
Reflecting on the loss to England, Fields said it was disappointing to lose despite being in control for most of the match. “We dominated close to 80 percent of the match, particularly in the early stages when we bowled. Our batting innings went pretty much the way we wanted it to go. We aimed for 140 and we got it. It was a bit disappointing to lose the momentum but I think if we can put together a disciplined performance in batting, bowling and fielding, we can go a long way,” said Fields.
Fields focussed on her batting unit when talking about the strength of her team. “The batting is going well. We’ve got Jess Cameron, Alex Blackwell, Lisa Sthalekar and Meg Lanning all playing pretty well,” said Fields. “I myself haven’t had the chance to come in the end and have a hit, so that’s pretty good.”
On Australia’s opponent in the semi-final, West Indies, the Australian team captain said that it’s a “formidable” outfit with a clutch of “dangerous players”. “West Indies is a very talented side and they have a couple of very talented players like Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor,” said Fields. “So we need to go deep with our planning, train harder and if we have a disciplined performance and dominate throughout the match, we should win.”