Drakes: Windies Women still confident
VIJAYAWADA, India, CMC:
West Indies Women still believe they can beat India Women in tomorrow's final one-day international and clinch the two points needed for automatic qualification for next year's 50-overs ICC World Cup in England.
The Caribbean side entered the three-match series needing just two ICC Women's Championship points to take one of the four automatic berths up for grabs but have suffered defeats in the opening two games, to put in danger their chances.
However, head coach Vasbert Drakes said the Caribbean side had been working hard on turning their poor form around, and were confident of a positive result in the final game.
"It's up to us as coaches to make sure the players are up for the challenge," the former West Indies all-rounder said.
"We have two days to regroup and to ensure we are having the right mindset so we can enter the game confident that we can execute in our respective disciplines."
West Indies Women have been dogged by poor batting throughout the series, with several of their leading players failing to step up.
In the opening game, they went down by six wickets after posting a measly 132 batting first and then suffered a five-wicket loss in the second encounter after managing only 153, after again taking first knock.
Drakes said the Twenty20 World champions had found difficulty in coming to grips with India's spinners.
Captain Stafanie Taylor, usually a prolific scorer, has made just 15 and 19 in the series, while teenaged opener Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight, and Shaquana Quintyne have all struggled.
Though under pressure in the series especially after coming off a 3-2 loss against England Women in the Caribbean recently, Drakes said there was no reason for the Windies Women to panic.