SHERWIN Campbell, the head coach of West Indies Women's cricket team, says the Caribbean side will be ready for the home series against New Zealand.
Campbell made the statement following the poor batting display in a 50-over practice match against Jamaica's Under-17 boys' team at Up Park Camp yesterday.
Electing to bat, the West Indies Women's team was bowled out for 65 in 34 overs. However, they were asked to bat again to complement the full 50 overs and West Indies Women posted 107 by losing three addition wickets.
Anisa Mohammed scored most runs for the West Indies Women's team with 23. Only two other players reached double figures -- Deandra Dottin (15) and Stafanie Taylor (12).
Campbell was very disappointed with how the players applied themselves
but noted they were playing a male team.
"The batters didn't get too much out of the game, but I am sure they will get better," said Campbell.
He added that the players have two more days to improve on the weak areas before the Jamaica leg of the series begins.
According to Campbell "most of the players got themselves out, and it's something we have to talk about".
"There were too many soft dismissals and we would have to address that because players need to bat as long as possible in this format," he said.
Campbell further added that the New Zealand bowlers normally bowl well and the West Indies batters need to go out and face that challenge head on.
When the Windies women bowled, left-arm spinner Shanel Daley two for 22, Mohammed two for 24 and Shakera Selman two for 27 took most wickets in the boys' team total of 203 for eight off 35.2 overs. The boys' team was set a target of 200 runs off 50 overs.
West Indies Women will face New Zealand in three One-Day International at Sabina Park on October 6, 8 and 10.
They then travel to Barbados to take on England and New Zealand in the tri-nation Twenty20 Series from Monday, October 14, to Saturday, October 26.
Looking ahead of the team's first assignment, Campbell said, "New Zealand is a good team as they have been ranked in the top four in women's cricket for the past five years."
The WICB Selection Panel yesterday announced the squads for the West Indies Women's upcoming assignments -- the three-match ODI Series at Sabina Park, Jamaica and the tri-nation Twenty20 Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
ODIs vs New Zealand — Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman and Stafanie Taylor
T20 Series vs England and New Zealand — Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt and Stafanie Taylor