The West Indies became the last team to gain direct qualification for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 after India forfeited its three-match series against Pakistan. The Caribbean side, which won the ICC Women’s World T20 2016, finished fourth on the ICC Women’s Championship table with 11 wins in 21 games.
The 2013 runner-up will bank on the explosive talent of Stafanie Taylor, who finished as the second highest run-getter of the last edition with 314 runs, and the hard-hitting batting prowess of Deandra Dottin as it aims to replicate its T20I success in the 50-over game. The young Hayley Matthews too proved herself on the big stage in India last year.
The team is a mix of youth and experience with four rookies in Reniece Boyce, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters. Joseph, 16, the fast bowler from St Lucia, will be the youngest player at the 11th edition. Shanel Daley also returns to the side after being sidelined with injury for nearly three years.
The West Indies' record in England, however, is not impressive. It has won just three of the 11 ODIs played in England so far since 1979. It will hope its long acclimatisation camp will help it go well prepared into the tournament.
The West Indies has not played any international cricket since its tour of India in November last year. It lost the ODI series 0-3, secured a 3-0 win in the T20I series. Since then, it has taken part in a five-day camp in Barbados, followed by three weeks of training and a couple of unofficial practice matches in England.
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The West Indies have featured in five World Cup campaigns so far: 1993, 1997, 2004, 2009 and 2013. Its best performance came in the 2013 edition, where it won four matches. It first lost against India by 105 runs, then bounced back in the second game by defeating Sri Lanka by 209 runs and losing the third game to England by six wickets in the group stage. In the Super Six stage, it beat both New Zealand and Australia to finish first. It was the first time it reached the final in the history of the tournament but lost to Australia by 114 runs.
Having appeared in 98 ODIs with 3732 runs at an average of 44.42 and 114 wickets, Stafanie Taylor, the captain of West Indies, is currently ranked No. 1 in ICC Women's All-rounder Rankings, both in ODIs and T20Is. She is also ranked No. 5 in ICC Women's Batting Rankings and No.2 in ICC's Women's Bowling Rankings in the 50-over format. She was her side's star performer in the Women’s Championship, scoring 857 runs and picking up 16 wickets. This edition of the World Cup will be her first as captain.
Stafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters.
26 June: Australia Women v West Indies Women in Taunton
29 June: West Indies Women v India Women in Taunton
2 July: South Africa Women v West Indies Women in Leicester
6 July: New Zealand Women v West Indies Women in Taunton
9 July: West Indies Women v Sri Lanka Women in Derby
11 July: West Indies Women v Pakistan Women in Leicester
15 July: England Women v West Indies Women in Bristol