Drakes backs Windies to combat unfamiliar conditions

June 03, 2017
Stafanie Taylor
Vasbert Drakes


Head coach Vasbert Drakes believes West Indies Women possess the skill-set and the knowledge required to excel in the challenging English conditions during the upcoming Women's World Cup.

England, known for its damp, bleak weather even during summer, has become notorious for the swinging ball - a proven bane for many an experienced batsman in the past.

Drakes said he hoped a combination of information and technique could nullify this threat in the June 24 to July 23 campaign.

"I would have played certainly in England and we have coaches that have played in England and I think the knowledge that we have should make a difference in terms of being able to pass on information," the well-travelled former West Indies seamer said.

"The wickets in England this time of year when I did my research, they seem to be a lot more batting friendly. People talk about the ball swinging in England - the ball swings all around the world so if you have decent fundamentals it certainly would give you a chance to achieve the desired results."




West Indies arrived here Wednesday for a two-week camp at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Club, as they seek to acclimatise to the English conditions.

And with many of the players touring England for the first time, captain Stafanie Taylor stressed the importance of application, especially among the batting group.

"It's going to test your mental [strength]. I think with the 50-over game you have more balls," the world-rated right-hander pointed out.

"You have to try to leave alone some, you've got to watch it straight onto the bat and it's all about applying yourself."

West Indies enter the tournament as one of the favourites, especially after capturing the Twenty20 World Cup last year in India.

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