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WI women look to extend dominance over England
West Indies women will look to transfer their form from the T20 Tri Series which they convincingly won on the weekend into the one day international series, when they face England in the first of three matches, starting today at the Queen’s Park Oval from 9am.
The Windies will go into the match as favourites, as they easily defeated England in the final of the Tri-series on Saturday night in Barbados. New Zealand was the other team in that tournament.
A good crowd is expected at the Queen’s Park Oval to support the women, who have demanded attention with a string of wonderful performances over the last few years.
West Indies player Stafanie Taylor will go into the one-day series as the top-ranked player across ICC women’s player rankings for ODIs. Taylor leads the batting, bowling and all-rounder tables—the only player in the history of the game to top the batting and bowling rankings at the same time in Tests or ODIs. The rankings were updated after West Indies’ recently concluded series against New Zealand.
England captain, Charlotte Edwards is also on the brink of an important landmark. Edwards has captained England in 98 ODIs and is likely to equal Belinda Clark’s record of 101 matches as captain in the three-match series.
In head to head ODI battles, England leads six to three out of the 10 times, they have faced each other since 1979. The West Indies will be out to better that statistic against an England team that is not up to full strength. First-choice players Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Laura Marsh and Heather Knight have been omitted in order to recover from injuries sustained during the Ashes, while Arran Brindle was not included for personal reasons.
The English is currently rebuilding and is testing their depth which is going to be critical to England’s success over the next couple of years with more and more international cricket on the horizon, including the return Ashes to Australia in January 2014 and the ICC World Twenty20 in March/April 2014.
Both teams practiced at the match venue yesterday, with England using the facilities first at 10am, followed by the home team at 2 pm. Rain affected the preparations of both teams but having just finished the Tri-series they were not really short of time out in the middle.
Entry to any stand at the Oval today costs $20 to the general public and fans must be aware that all international regulations are in place when gaining entry to the venue.
WEST INDIES: Squad—Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, June Ogle, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt and Stafanie Taylor.
ENGLAND: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Holly Colvin, Katie Cross, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.
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