CWI: West Indies women seek valuable points in the ICC Women’s Championship

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West Indies Women are gearing up for a vital three One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Australia, with much more than just a series win at stake. This ODI series marks West Indies’ fourth fixture in the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-2025. Having previously faced New Zealand, England, and Ireland, each match in this ongoing championship offers West Indies an opportunity to amass crucial points. With their current position at ninth out of ten teams in the Championship table, the importance of this series can’t be understated. 

The opening encounter bowls off on Sunday morning (Saturday night) at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Despite the challenges in the T20 series against Australia, Shemaine Campbelle is hopeful, highlighting that

“there are a lot of positives we can take away from that series and take it into this ODI series.” She expressed her confidence in the squad, noting that “all the girls are ready and fully prepared for tomorrow’s game. It’s just for us to go out there and express ourselves and play the brand of cricket we are accustomed to playing.”

The ODI format is seen as a chance for the team to settle, build innings, and register impactful scores. Campbelle believes the longer format provides an avenue for the girls to spend extended time at the crease, stating,

“As long as you spend some time on the wicket, runs will come.”

In light of the ICC Women’s Championship standings, the series takes on additional importance. Campbelle is clear about her individual goals:

“My role is to keep it simple and get some runs for the team and myself.”

However, team dynamics and strategies are paramount, and taking lessons from the T20 series can be pivotal. The need to “rotate the strike more” and to consistently “believe in ourselves” are key takeaways she emphasizes.

Match Schedule and Results

1 October: 1st T20I at North Sydney Oval, Sydney – Australia won by 8 wickets

2 October: 2nd T20I at North Sydney Oval, Sydney – West Indies won by 7 wickets

5 October: 3rd T20I at Allan Border Field, Brisbane – Australia won by 47 runs

8 October: 1st ODI at Allan Border Field, Brisbane – 9:35am local time (6:35pm October 7 Eastern Caribbean/5:35pm Jamaica)

12 October: 2nd ODI at Junction Oval, Melbourne – 10:05am local time (7:05pm October 11 Eastern Caribbean/6:05pm Jamaica)

14 October: 3rd ODI at Junction Oval, Melbourne – 10:05am local time (7:05pm October 13 Eastern Caribbean/6:05pm Jamaica)

FULL SQUAD: Hayley Matthews (Captain), Shemaine Campbelle (Vice Captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Jannillea Glasgow, Chinelle Henry, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, Ashmini Munisar, Karishma Ramharack, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams

Team Management: Shane Deitz (Head Coach), Sheena Gooding (Team Manager), Damien Wright (Assistant Coach), Ryan Austin (Assistant Coach), Tajay Grant (Physiotherapist)Antonia Burton (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Gary Belle (Performance Analyst), Dr. Nadine Sammy (Mental Skills Coach), Naasira Mohammed (Media Officer)

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