Windies women need self-belief

July 01, 2017
Manager Ann Browne-John (left) talks with captain Stafanie Taylor at the Somerset County Ground in England.

TAUNTON (CMC):

Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed believes that her teammates need to relax and rekindle their self-belief and express themselves, if they are to recover from their current losing streak at the ICC Women's World Cup in England.

The Windies women play South Africa tomorrow after losing their first two games to Australia and India.

The Caribbean side are desperately searching for solutions to end their demoralising losing streak.

 

Keep believing

 

Speaking in the wake of their latest defeat - a seven-wicket loss to India Women at County Ground here - Mohammed said while the side comprised world that class players, self-confidence was currently lacking.

"We just need to relax and keep believing in ourselves. We need to find a way somehow to relax and recuperate and keep believing that we are great players," said the 28-year-old, who has played in 103 ODIs.

"I keep saying to the team. People say we are a great T20 team, but this is the same team that helped us qualify automatically for this World Cup so we can win 50-over games as well.

"We just need to keep believing in ourselves and go back to what worked for us in the past three, four years and come out in this World Cup. It's time we pull everything together."

West Indies are winless since arriving in England a month ago, with losses to England Women, Southern Vipers and India Women in unofficial warm-up matches and further defeats to Pakistan Women and South Africa Women in official warm-ups last week.

Last Monday, they were steamrolled by reigning champions Australia in their opening match of the tournament before going under to India Women on Thursday.

Arguing that the side was a good quality one-day international unit, the Trinidadian Mohammed said that the batsmen needed to up their game if the Windies were to improve their form.

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