Taylor - It will be tough in New Zealand
Jamaica Gleaner article.
Kingston, Jamaica - Top West Indies women's all-rounder Stafanie Taylor is predicting a tough tour of New Zealand.
The teams, who are both preparing for next month's fourth ICC Women's World Twenty20 championship in Bangladesh, are scheduled to meet in five Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals, starting later this month.
However, according to Taylor, given the Kiwis unsuccessful tour of the Caribbean late last year, it is her opinion that the Kiwis would want to exact some form of revenge, and as such West Indies will need to be at their best.
The New Zealanders lost a three-match one-day international series against the West Indies 2-1 at Sabina Park, while in a subsequent tri-nation Twenty20 international series in Barbados, which featured England, they failed to make the final.
"It should be a difficult series as after failing in their two series in the Caribbean, it is likely that New Zealand will want some form of revenge," said Taylor.
"However, we are not daunted by that as we will be going there with one intention and that is to play the best cricket that we can, and get into the best shape that we can heading into the World Twenty20."
Taylor, who late last year held the coveted honour of being ranked number one on the ICC Women's batting, bowling and all-rounder listings, is one of five Jamaicans named in the 15-member touring squad.
The others are world-rated all-rounder Shanel Daley, emerging opener Natasha McLean, middle-order batter Chinelle Henry, and uncapped off-spinner, Vanessa Watts.
The tour is set to bowl off with the one-day series beginning on Saturday, February 21 and ending on Wednesday, February 20 with the Twenty20 series set to commence on Saturday, March 1 and finish on Sunday, March 9.
The Women's World Twenty20 is slated to bowl off on March 16 with West Indies drawn in Group B alongside England, who won the tri-nation series, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who are hosting the tournament for the first time.
New Zealand are drawn in Group A with Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ireland.