Aguilleira urges improvement in batting after woes continue
Former skipper Merissa Aguilleira has lamented the West Indies Women's batting woes, which led to their six-wicket defeat here Thursday but has also backed her embattled side to bounce back in the two remaining One-Day Internationals of the series.
West Indies Women failed to put up a decent total after opting to bat first at the Mulapadu Cricket Ground, with only three batsmen reaching double figures, in the series opener.
Aguilleira top-scored with an unbeaten 42 but said the team did not show the required application in what were ideal conditions for batting.
"I was really disappointed about losing because we wanted to start out the tournament on a winning note, but unfortunately, it wasn't to happen," she said afterwards.
"Our batting performance was really poor, and it's an area we have been faltering in for a very long time.
"We need to take it into consideration and give some self-thought into what is the issue and what is the problem and what we can do to rectify it as soon as possible because we have two more, important games coming up, and we have to make sure we pull everything together, and we have to try to hit in all areas, especially the batting.
Significantly, the defeat saw West Indies Women squander the opportunity to collect two more ICC Championship points and stall in their effort to secure automatic qualification for next year's 50-overs World Cup in England.
They entered the series third in the championship, a point behind England Women and six adrift of Australia Women.
The top four at the end of the championship will book automatic spots to the World Cup, with the remaining sides entering a qualifying tournament to determine the remaining places.