WWC17 Report Card: West Indies

The West Indies managed just two victories from its seven group matches in WWC17. Here we review the team’s overall performance in the tournament
According to Anisa Mohammed, West Indies need to express themselves on the field to be successful

Results summary

Lost to Australia by 8 wickets
Lost to India by 7 wickets
Lost to South Africa by 10 wickets
Lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets
Best Sri Lanka by 47 runs
Beat Pakistan by 19 runs (DLS Method)
Lost to England by 92 runs

 What went wrong?

What didn’t? The World T20 champions never looked like getting going in the tournament, underperforming in glaringly lacklustre fashion. Its two victories came against lowly Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while against the rest – teams it beat to an ICC trophy title just 18 months ago – it barely competed. West Indies’ struggles with the bat were exemplified by a capitulation to 48 all out at the hands of South Africa, Dane van Niekerk taking four wickets for no run in 3.2 overs.

Positives to take home?

Captain and star all-rounder Stafanie Taylor was consistent, chipping in with runs and wickets, including 45 against Australia and 90 against Pakistan, the match in which big-hitting Deandra Dottin made a maiden ODI century (104 from 76 balls). Experienced off-spinner Anisa Mohammed contributed seven wickets in total but it was slim pickings in general.

Areas for improvement?

There were plenty of starts with the bat from players right down the order, without enough conversion into match-winning scores. On the one occasion Taylor and Dottin did kick on – against Pakistan – West Indies racked up its biggest total, 285, and won comfortably. With the ball, the bowling attack looked a touch samey – the selection of finger spinners and slow-medium bowlers could do with an injection of pace or wrist-spin to cause more problems across 50 overs.

Overall grade


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