Ace Caribbean all-rounder Stephanie Taylor has stormed into the West Indies 16-member squad for the upcoming T20I Tri-Nation series in South Africa. The Tri-Nation Series will also feature the Indian Women’s team as the trio aims to kick start their preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup to be hosted by the Proteas from February 10.
Stephanie Taylor has been a decisive factor in the Caribbean team as she has anchored multiple victories for her side throughout the year. Taylor sustained a grievous injury while batting against New Zealand in an ODI series that took place in September 2022. The extent of the injury had forced Taylor to miss the crucial England series which the visitors swept quite comfortably.
West Indies has been struggling with its middle-order and death bowling. The return of Stephanie will likely ensure a stable and resilient middle order along with a variety of bowling options for incumbent skipper Hayley Matthews.
Along with Taylor, West Indies have also inducted veteran middle-order batter Britney Cooper to strengthen their depth in the batting order. Cooper’s inclusion will surely build some eccentric momentum in the destructive Caribbean batting attack.
Furthermore, West Indies has also taken major calls to stabilize their bowling attack by bringing back pacers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman. Connell and Selman had been away from the squad after sustaining minor injuries.
Addressing the media, the lead selector of the West Indies women’s cricket team Ann-Browne John stated that the selection committee has taken multiple collective decisions with an aim to rebuild the squad and synergise a new strategy. These inclusions will also provide many options for Hayley Matthews to build a mainstream squad ahead of the marquee event.
The T20I Tri-Nation series between West Indies, South Africa and India will begin on January 19 and the final will take place on February 2. Subsequently, the T-20 World Cup will begin on the same soil on February 10. West Indies is placed in Group 2 alongside England, Pakistan, India and Ireland. The Caribbean T-20 World Cup tourney will begin against England on February 11.
West Indies women’s Squad for SA W T20I series:
Hayley Matthews (c), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Cherry Ann Fraser, Afy Fletcher, Shabika Gajnabi, Rashada Williams, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor