Women cricketers agree weather could be a factor in outcome
THE Jamaican weather could be one of the deciding factors when the West Indies Women take on New Zealand in a three-match One-Day International Series starting at Sabina Park on Sunday.
West Indies pacer Shakera Selman and New Zealand captain Suzie Bates agreed that the weather conditions in Jamaica could be an advantage for the home side.
Selman, who has taken 33 wickets in 49 matches for the West Indies, said: "I think we have a very good chance of beating New Zealand, especially here with this type of weather." She also added that "at times it could get very hot in Jamaica and New Zealand would not be accustomed to this type of weather."
Bates, who has played 56 ODIs and 50 Twenty20s for New Zealand, said her team would hope to use its lone practice game against Jamaica's Under-17 boys today to adapt fast to the conditions in Jamaica.
"The weather is very different back at home, a lot warmer compared to Jamaica, so we have to get used to the conditions," said the 26-year-old Bates, who has scored four centuries with a top-score of 168.
She further said: "We only have one warm-up match, hopefully we can adapt and hopefully we can learn sooner than later how to play over here."
Bates is well aware that the pair of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin can create problems for the New Zealand bowlers. "I think they are both world-class players. They are two of the players who can win you games single-handedly. We have seen them destroying other teams and we have also been on the receiving end of those players," said Bates.
The West Indies Women will face New Zealand in three ODIs at Sabina Park on October 6, 8 and 10. The two teams then travel to Barbados for a Twenty20 tri-series, which also involves England. The Twenty20 tri-series will be played between Monday, October 12 and Saturday, October 26.
WEST INDIES ODI team 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.
Zealand — New Zealand Squad: Suzie Bates (23), Erin Bermingham (19), Nicola Browne (14), Rachel Candy (9), Sophie Devine (77), Natalie Dodd (33), Maddy Green (51), Frances Mackay (71), Morna Nielsen (54), Katie Perkins (70), Rachel Priest (13), Sian Ruck (42), Amy Satterthwaite (17), and Lea Tahuhu (6).