Getting mental: Members of the West Indies women’s cricket team engage in “mental exercises” during a training session at the indoor nets at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain yesterday. The Windies face England in the first ODI of their three match series at the Oval from 9 a.m. today. –Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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WI women look for victory in 1st ODI

By Roger Seepersad

West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira was happy with her team’s Twenty20 tri series victory and wants the team to maintain their good form heading into One Day International series against England at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

The Windies face England in a three-match ODI series at the Oval starting today with a “day” game bowling off at 9 a.m. The other two matches will be “day/night” affairs scheduled for Friday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. each day.

“We want to continue the winning momentum,” said the Windies captain.

“We played well to beat New Zealand in Jamaica in the ODIs at Sabina Park. We were on top of our game to beat New Zealand and England in the T20s in Barbados and we will look to do the same at Queen’s Park Oval,” she added.

In the recent T20 Tri Nation series, the regional side defeated England by eight wickets in the final and also got the better of the tourists in their two preliminary matches, winning by 11 runs in their first encounter and then beating the visitors in a “Super Over” after the scores were tied in their second match.

After dominating that series, the Windies women have made a few changes to their line-up for the 50-over format, calling up wicketkeeper Kycia Knight, openers Natasha McLean and June Ogle, and fast bowler Subrina Munroe.

Of the changes to the squad Aguilleira said: “The selectors have recalled a few players to the squad and they will fit in well. We will look to maintain our excellent record on home turf.”

Meanwhile, England skipper Charlotte Edwards is confident her players can turn their fortunes around for the ODI series.

“We are looking forward to it (the ODI series) after coming off a disappointing final on Saturday in Barbados. We are really looking forward to this challenge,” she said during her team’s training session at the match venue yesterday.

“Obviously it is a longer format of the game and we’ve got to hold our skills for a longer period but that is something we have been doing successfully over a period of time now, so hopefully we can take that into the first one-dayer.

“They are on a high now. They are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment so we are going to have to play well, no doubt about it,” the England skipper pointed out.

“I think a lot of their players are in form and we have to turn it around tomorrow (today) but we are really positive we can do that. I have no doubt that it is going to be an exciting series,” she added.


SQUADS

West Indies— Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, June Ogle, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Stafanie Taylor.


England— Charlotte Edwards, Tammy Beaumont, Holly Colvin, Katie Cross, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt. 

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