England Women v West Indies Women World T20 Preview – Match 14
Both sides have won two out of two matches so far, but the Caribbean team could pose the sternest test yet for Charlotte Edwards’s girls
23 March 2016 21:59
Anisa Mohammed, the offspinner who took 3 for 25 against Pakistan, will be central to its plans.
The West Indies isn't leaving a stone unturned in its preparation for the game, even going to the extent of squeezing in a practice session on Tuesday in addition to its scheduled session on Wednesday. Meanwhile, England decided to cancel its practice session, taking time to meet the Dalai Lama.
The West Indies would have watched with keen interest how England had come undone against spin in the match with India at the same venue. Anisa Mohammed, the offspinner who took 3 for 25 against Pakistan, will be central to its plans, but Hayley Mathews could also play a key role. The 18-year-old offspinner, who also opens the batting, has been impressive in her short career so far, picking up 16 wickets in 15 T20Is. However, for England, it was the seamers who were extremely effective so the West Indies doesn't necessarily need to put all its eggs in the spin basket.
Batting-wise, the West Indies has plenty of attacking players in its line-up, but on a pitch that isn't suited for shot-making, they can't afford to get too ahead of themselves. "We just need to be patient and selective in our shot-making," explained Stafanie Taylor ahead of the match. "We have to play what we see and not what we can't see."
It's a worthwhile lesson for England as well. Charlotte Edwards's bunch was mostly relieved just to have got across the line against India, no matter how ungainly the process, but upon further reflection, the players will want to work on their fielding and batting.
The top order will need to do the bulk of the scoring and the team will look to Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor to put a big price on their wicket.
The bowlers gave a good account of themselves against India and will need to carry that forward. Anya Shrubsole picked up two wickets against India, but could have easily picked up one or two more if things on the field had gone her way.
England, the former champion, will have its eye on the big prize again. But in getting to the semifinal, a formidable West Indies could be its sternest test yet.
England Women: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, SarahTaylor (wk), Danielle Wyatt.
West Indies Women: Stephanie Taylor (capt), Shakera Selman, Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt.
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