Taylor eagerly eyeing return after fitness troubles
Fri, Mar 24, '23
Leading West Indies Women’s batsman Stafanie Taylor says she is pleased with her recovery following her recent fitness struggles, and believes she still has a major contribution to make to the Caribbean side.
The 31-year-old has been one of the most prolific run-scorers in the global women’s game but has found herself sidelined by a worrisome back injury for the better part of the last 12 months.
Currently in Antigua undergoing assessment, Taylor said she was looking forward to making a full return to competitive action at some point.
“I feel really good given the procedure I’d done at the World Cup which would’ve given me some time to get some work in,” the Jamaican said.
“It’s not where I would like to be but I actually like where I’m actually headed, so it’s just about putting in some more strength work to get the back strong again and we should be good.”
KINGSTOWN: Cricket West Indies president designate Dr Kishore Shallow said long-lasting success on the field in the sport in the Caribbean is strongly linked to finding financial resources to fund development programmes.
Shallow, a former president of the St Vincent & the Grenadines Cricket Board and the current president of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control, will be confirmed in the post of CWI president at the 24th annual general meeting on Saturday in Antigua.
Shallow said all the presidents of CWI of the recent past tried to invest in the grassroots of the sport, but had limited success because financing development was costly.
“The challenge is always the finance,” he said during a TV interview with the hosts of the SportsMax Zone on the Caribbean cable TV channel SportsMax.
“In my manifesto, where you see 'Commercial and Marketing,' I really believe that greater emphasis must be placed on that. Once we can generate more revenue, it can be injected almost directly into our cricket development programmes.”
Haynes a better fit as batting coach - Sir Clive Lloyd
Thu, Mar 23, '23
Former West Indies captain Sir Clive Lloyd said that his former outstanding opener Desmond Haynes should have been named the West Indies batting coach instead of being appointed to the lead selector position.
Lloyd was speaking during an interview on the Mason & Guest Show on Tuesday night on the Voice of Barbados.
The legendary skipper, arguably the region’s most successful captain, said: “I told him (Haynes) he got the wrong job. I said ‘You are a batsman of class’. I said: ‘You should be coaching our batsmen’ and he agreed with me. But you see the point is...we are not thinking about this thing properly,” said Lloyd.
Lloyd, a former chairman of selectors himself and former WI team manager, said the situation on the women’s side of the equation was also requiring further attention.
He added that the Windies need to follow the example of the other higher-ranked countries like Australia, South Africa, India, New Zealand etc. and become involved in Test cricket. “If you look at the situation where women cricketers are concerned. Look at the countries that are doing well...their longer game helps their shorter game and we are not looking at that. We are just grooming guys and girls to just hit the ball. We want some people to concentrate and still find the gaps; that don’t give away their hand and that’s why we are falling short,” he contended.
Hope, Joseph shoot up ICC ODI rankings following South Africa series
Thu, Mar 23, '23
West Indies captain Shai Hope and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph have made big strides in the ICC Men’s One-Day International plyer rankings, announced on Wednesday.
Following the recent series in South Africa, Hope has moved up two places in the batting to 12th position. He made a match-wining 128 not out – his 14th ODI century – in his first match as captain which the West Indies defeated the home side at Buffalo Park in East London.
Joseph made a giant leap of eight places to 11th spot after the two matches. He bowled with genuine pace and penetration and took 3-53 in East London which was followed up by 3-50 in the next match at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.
South Africa gun down WINDIES’ 261 in 29.3 overs to level series
Tue, Mar 21, '23
Heinrich Klaasen’s second ODI century led South Africa to a series-levelling victory over West Indies in a non-Super League contest. Chasing 261 on a fairly flat surface in Potchefstroom, South Africa were in some trouble on 87 for 4 before Klaasen shared in a half-century stand with David Miller and a 103-run partnership with Marco Jansen, and notched up the fourth-fastest century by a South African to make light work of the target.
The result denied West Indies the opportunity to win their third away bilateral series since 2011, and their first against a team ranked in the top eight. They have also never won a bilateral ODI series in South Africa and last claimed a fifty-over trophy here 30 years ago, when they were successful in a triangular series which also involved Pakistan.
On reflection, West Indies will look at the performance of their middle order, who squandered a strong start – they were 110 for 1 – and lost 6 for 96 between overs 19 and 40. They did not bat out their overs but gave the attack something to defend with 50 runs off the last 50 balls faced. Their bowlers started well against a South African line-up missing Quinton de Kock (rested) and Temba Bavuma (injured) but Klaasen’s clean-hitting turned it into a no-contest as South Africa won with more than 20 overs to spare.
Klaasen was called on after a vicious opening spell by Alzarri Joseph and the departure of stand-in captain Aiden Markram, with a job to do. Joseph sent down a fiery short-ball barrage to remove makeshift opener Ryan Rickelton who fended him to Kyle Mayers at first slip, and No. 3 Rassie van der Dussen who was rushed into the pull shot. Markram saw out the powerplay but then edged a Mayers’ legcutter to Shai Hope to bring Klaasen into play in the 11th over. Nine balls later, West Indies’ successfully reviewed an Akeal Hosein lbw appeal against Tony de Zorzi, that ball-tracking showed was going to hit middle-stump. South Africa were in trouble at 87 for 4.