We'll turn it around - Windies women

June 21, 2017
Wicketkeeper Nuzhat Parween and Shikha Pandey appeal unsuccessfully against Hayley Matthews during a pre-Women's World Cup practice match between West Indies Women and India Women at the Leicester Grammar School.

LEICESTER, England (CMC):

Former skipper Merissa Aguilleira has backed West Indies to create a few surprises at the ICC Women's World Cup starting here next week.

The Caribbean side has been labelled as one of the favourites but doubts surround their one-day international form following eight defeats in their last 11 outings.

"Right now a lot of people are saying we are not good 50-overs players but I think our team is going to shock a lot of people," Aguilleira said.

"We are just grooming in slowly but surely and we know ... our mission, we know what we came here to do but at the end of the day we just have to trust ourselves, believe in each other and just go out there and execute well."

West Indies Women have had a stuttering start to their preparation, looking unconvincing in losing all four of their unofficial practice games.

Their most recent defeat came yesterday against Pakistan Women at Grace Road after last Friday's loss against India Women at the Leicester Grammar School, both five-wicket defeats.

However, Aguilleira said though the results had not been positive ones, West Indies had used them as valuable match practice to improve their game.

"Even though some of the matches were a little bit disappointing, I am not worried because every time we played a game we learnt more and we understand what we have to do so it's all about a process," she noted.

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