Dynamic Deandra wants to score big
KINGSTON, Jamaica – World-record holder Deandra Dottin has set herself a target of scoring most runs in the upcoming One-Day International Series against New Zealand. The seven-match series starts at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Sunday. First ball is 9 am (10 am Eastern Caribbean Time).
Dottin, who is the first woman to score an international Twenty20 century, is also looking to excel in the field.
“I want to get most runs and be the top fielder...be the top individual player,” said Dottin, who is a multi-skilled sports player. “Every series, every tournament is something new so I’m looking to buckle down and do something special against New Zealand.”
Dottin was impressive in a squad match last Saturday at Sabina Park. She scored an attacking 42 not out, which included two fours and two sixes, one which flew over long-on.
“That match helped Dottin to get accustom to the ground which will host the matches. I have not played a lot here before so I was happy to get a knock and get some runs. We have a good team, but I’m aware the team will be counting on me to score big during the series.”
She said the Sabina Park pitch is really good, but noted that the slow bowlers will get the most out of it. However, Dottin said “it's just about going out there, bat long, see how the pitch plays and take it from there.”
She also noted that the series will be tough, but thinks West Indies have the players to beat the visitors.
“I think we have a good chance of beating New Zealand. They are a tougher team, one of the teams ranked highly, but we have a good chance and are sure to win this series,” said Dottin, who made her West Indies debut against Ireland over five years ago.
The 22-year-old Dottin will use the series to get closer to her many goals. She said: “I haven't reach where I want to be as yet...There are still room for improvement."
In the ODI format, Dotting has scored 1451 runs at an average 25.91 with a top score of 95 and taken 21 wickets.
In T20s she has 964 runs at 22.41 – including the world-record 112 not out against South Africa in St Kitts during the ICC World T20 in 2010.
West Indies Training Squad
Stacy Ann King
Pat Greenidge (Manager)
Sherwin Campbell (Coach)
Ezra Moseley (Assistant Coach)
Shannon Lashley (trainer)
Jaqui King (Physiotherapist)
Trent Sargeant (Analyst)