Taylor preparing for regional battles
Stafanie Taylor, Jamaica’s senior women’s captain, has commenced training with the national squad at Lucas’ Nelson Oval cricket ground in Kingston ahead of regional tournaments next month.
Taylor, who was resting after the recently concluded Windies Women’s tour of Pakistan, said her team was eager to defend their Cricket West Indies Women’s Regional Twenty20 title.
“We did well in the T20 and we want to improve in the 50 overs format,” she said. “We have been T20 and 50 overs champions for maybe five to six times now and we are looking to get that back again,” she said.
The all-rounder recently saw her International Cricket Council batting rankings improve to eighth place on the back of her performance against Pakistan. She scored 58, 48 and 52 in the respective one- day internationals, which the Windies Women lost 2-1.
She revealed that the team was working to improve their physical conditioning ahead of the regional championships as this was crucial for success.
“It (fitness) has been playing a big part in not just Jamaican cricket but Windies cricket as well, so that’s one of our aims, to get fitter,” she said.
Jamaica’s Women had to settle for second place in the Super 50 series last year, despite being unbeaten. Barbados took the title based on accumulated bonus points awarded for their batting exploits. Taylor, however, was not overly focused on her Barbadian counterparts.
“All the teams are improving, there are teams that are challenging and Barbados are always big challengers, they have most of the Windies players, good players as well, so we are looking forward to playing everyone, not underestimating any team,” she said.
The tournament will be hosted by Guyana and the Jamaicans will depart on March 14.