Windies Women coach hopes victory will boost confidence
West Indies women's cricket coach, Sherwin Campbell says he is hoping Sunday's victory against England will bolster confidence in his team, going into the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Tournament, in Sri Lanka.
Deandra Dottin scored an aggressive 62 to spur the Windies Women to a consolatory, three-wicket victory in the match at Arundel, ending England's 21-match, unbeaten sequence in T20Is, as the hosts won the series 4-1.
"The players knew it was the final match before we leave to head to Sri Lanka for the World T20, and I emphasised to them that we needed a win, so we can get a little bit of momentum going into the World Cup," said Campbell.
"To their credit, the players relaxed a bit and enjoyed the game more, and their true potential really shone through in this game."
The former West Indies opening batsmen said: "The weather was good, it was a good pitch, and a good outfield. Everything went well for us.
"We came out aggressive, we bowled well, restricted England to a manageable total, and when it came our turn to bat, we batted aggressively and fearlessly, which is what we will have to do on a regular basis to continue to reap success."
Campbell said the trip to England was an eye-opener for a number of the players, many of them playing there for the first time.
He said they had learnt a number of important lessons, which he hoped the players would take on board, particularly for the World T20.
"We are looking forward to going to the World T20, which is being played in Sri Lanka, where conditions are very similar to the West Indies—hot weather, slow pitches, and good outfields," he said.
"I think we should do well in the tournament, and the girls are looking forward to it." —CMC