West Indies Women's captain promises to learn from mistakes and do better at the ICC Women's World Cup
Juliana Nero was the top-scorer for West Indies with 31 runs.
At halfway, having restricted Australia to 115 for 7, West Indies had a big chance to make its first ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final. Instead, it slipped to 28 for 4 and was eventually bowled out for 87. A campaign that began with a stunning upset victory over fancied New Zealand ended in something of an anticlimax.
“We’re really disappointed because we knew our plan,” said Merissa Aguilleira, the West Indies captain. “We have to pick up from this and learn from our mistakes. We have a lot to look forward to. The [50-over] World Cup is coming up soon. We know our ability and we believe in ourselves.”
The chase was doomed at the outset, with Ellyse Perry breaching the defences of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin, both capable of savaging any attack. “The score that they made was gettable,” said Aguilleira. “We must say that we fell short in our batting. That was our downfall. It’s an area we need to look at. We have time once we get back home to get ourselves organised and focus on what we have to do.”
West Indies started with ten straight overs of spin, and had Australia struggling at 36-3 at one stage. “It worked for us in our last match against South Africa,” said Aguilleira about the emphasis on slow bowling. “It’s good to go ahead with what’s been working for you.”
Having lost surprisingly to Sri Lanka in a rain-affected game in the first round, West Indies finished with two wins and two losses. “That’s one of the problems we face – consistency,” said the captain. “On a given day, West Indies will show up and beat any side. It’s a mental thing. We have a good team, one that can carry us through and win World Cups.”