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June 01, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago captain Joelisa Cooper (left).

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Captain Joelisa Cooper says in-form Barbados will hold no fear for Trinidad and Tobago when the two sides meet in a three-Test series starting tomorrow.

Speaking against the backdrop of Barbados' recent impressive outing against regional powerhouses Jamaica, Cooper said while T&T would not be at full strength, they were still confident of getting the better of the visitors.

"A few of our original players from World Cup are not here with us but we're not fazed. We're ready. We just have to remain disciplined and execute," Cooper told the Guardian newspaper.

 

First victory

 

Barbados were outstanding in the recent three-Test series in Kingston which finished drawn 1-1. They tied the opener 44-all, lost the second 40-34 before rebounding to win the final Test 43-31 and pull off their first victory over the senior Sunshine Girls in 33 years.

T&T are ranked ninth in the world netball rankings, three places higher than Barbados, but without competitive netball in almost two years, Cooper said the upcoming series would be used mainly to gauge their level of their preparation.

"We're ecstatic to finally have some international competition since our last feature was back in 2015. It's been long overdue," she noted.

"We have been training for a while so facing Barbados will not only show us where we're at, but also see some new faces introduced to the squad and I'm really excited to see the combination of experience and youth."

The National Cycling Centre in Couva will be the venue for the series, with the second game scheduled for Saturday and the final one for Sunday.

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