West Indies a bunch of very fearless players: Fields
Australia captain says team is in Sri Lanka to win the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 and will leave no stone unturned to do so
Jodie Fields says that losing a match in the group stages will not have a bearing on the semi-final against West Indies.
Australia goes into its semi-final against West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2012 as the favourite, but the team knows that West Indies could be a dangerous side if some of its key members hit form.
Does that make the West Indians something on an unknown entity. “In some senses,” agreed Jodie Fields, the Australian captain. “We have played them before. We know they have got a few strengths like their athleticism on the field and they have got some dangerous batters. But I am pretty confident with the side we’ll be taking in tomorrow that we can be disciplined and play well.”
Australia did lose one of its matches in the group stages, against England, but Fields doesn’t think that will have a bearing on the game against the West Indies. “Now that we have moved on to the semi-finals, all that goes out of the back door. You really have to focus on the one match ahead. We have had a good training day and we have worked on a few things. I know that if tomorrow if we bat, bowl and field well, we can be successful in that match,” said Fields.
The International Cricket Council has made the semi-finals interesting by slotting both men’s and women’s games on the same days, and in the case of Friday, the teams featuring in the two semi-finals are identical – Australia and West Indies. “It is very exciting for both teams,” said Fields. “I think it is going to be exciting particularly for the girls to be out there supporting the men. And hopefully we will do well. And hopefully they can do well. We will see what happens at the end of the day.”
Fields also said that the West Indies women’s team is quite similar to the men’s team in terms of its strengths. “I think they are very fearless players as a group and we can’t be worried about just Stafanie Taylor or just Deandra Dottin – we have to make sure that we are on song with every single player that comes out to bat. As I said, in the field they are very athletic. They can pull off some good run outs and things like that. We have to be on our toes and play well,” said Fields.
Australia, of course, goes in with the added pressure of being defending champion to handle. “We have come here to win the tournament. We want to play well tomorrow. So Go the Aussies,” concluded Fields.