West Indies women well prepped for England series
Coach of West Indies Women cricket team, Vasbert Drakes, is expressing pleasure with the level of preparation of the team heading into their five-match one-day international series against England in Jamaica.
The series, which will see qualification points being awarded ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup next year, is set to bowl off tomorrow at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
''We are towards the end of our preparation leading up to the first game and have been hitting out targets, so we are quite happy to see where we are at,'' said Drakes.
The series represents the first foray for the West Indies since their historic triumph at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 earlier this year.
The final three matches will be played at Sabina Park.
''The challenge for us is to continue to improve and continue to be a dominant force in world cricket,'' stated Drakes, who was at the helm when the West Indies hoisted the Twenty20 title in April.
''We have set ourselves some objectives after the World Cup, as we recognise that we have become a little bit more exposed and people are now paying a little bit more attention to our game.
''We are, however, steadfast on improving and getting better in all formats of the game, including the 50-over format, and this series will test us in that regard.''
The West Indies, in seeking to score points in the final three one-dayers, will be looking to regain the number-one spot on the World Cup qualifying standings.
They are currently second on 20 points, 10 behind Australia and one ahead on England. New Zealand are fourth with 16 points.
The top four teams at the end of the eight-team qualifying championship will automatically qualify for the World Cup, with the remaining teams down to enter a playoff with six other regional ICC member countries.