Aguilleira confident as she leads Windies
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Merissa Aguilleira will again be at the helm of the West Indies Women when they face South Africa Women in an important series in St Kitts, Dominica and St Lucia next month.
The WICB Selection Panel on Thursday named the 13-member squad for the first three One-Day Internationals. The squad features most of the players who helped the West Indies reach the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka in October.
There is a recall for June Ogle, the powerful, experienced opening batswoman and Guyana captain. She played her only One-Day International for West Indies in India in January, 2011.
“We have a good team and we are really focussed on the upcoming series against South Africa. We have done very well against them in recent years and as a team we strongly believe we can beat them in this series as well,” a confident Aguilleira told WICB Media.
”We always enjoy playing at home and we are especially comfortable in St Kitts, where we will start the series. Warner Park has been a good hunting ground for us, so that’s the perfect place to get going. We look forward to a good series as we prepare for the World Cup in India.”
The squad is full of quality allrounders including: ICC Women’s Player-of-the-Year Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley, Tremayne Smartt, and Shemaine Campbelle. The batting is led by Taylor and also includes the powerful world record holder Deandra Dottin, and opener Juliana Nero, who is the most capped West Indian woman in ODIs.
The bowling is led by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who is the leading wicket-taker in Windies Women history with 85 wickets in 54 One-Dayers. She will be backed by teenaged leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne; Smartt, with her clever seam bowling; and the pace and accuracy of new ball bowlers Shakera Selman and Subrina Munroe.
Merissa Aguilleira (Captain)
Stafanie Taylor (Vice Captain)
Sherwin Campbell (Head Coach)
Pat Greenidge (Team Manager)
Andre Coley (High Performance Coach)
Janel Springer (Physiotherapist)
Amena Highland (Strength & Conditioning Trainer)
Trent Sargeant (Analyst)
West Indies v South Africa Schedule
Monday, Jan 7: 1st One-Day International – Warner Park (9:30am)
Wednesday, Jan 9: 2nd One-Day International – Warner Park (9:30am)
Saturday, Jan 12: 3rd One-Day International – Windsor Park (9:30am)
Sunday, Jan 13: 4th One-Day International – Windsor Park (9:30am)
Tuesday, Jan 15: 5th One-Day International – Windsor Park (9:30am)
Saturday, Jan 19: 1st T20I – Beausejour Cricket Ground (4pm)
Sunday, Jan 20: 2nd T20I – Beausejour Cricket Ground (4pm)