Saturday, December 16, 2017

Windies Women keen to win in Sri Lanka

l Colombo

West Indies Women will be looking to kick on from their recent good showing when they face Sri Lanka in the opening match of the three-match One-Day Goodwill Series. The Windies finished runners-up at the recent ICC Women's World Cup in India and in doing so jumped three places to second in the ICC Women's ODI Rankings.

They arrived in Sri Lanka earlier this week directly from Mumbai, and will bowl off their tour today with the opening match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

Head coach Sherwin Campbell said his players are upbeat and will look to continue working on their skills as they face the improving Sri Lankans for the second series in the space of 12 months.

"Many people had us as underdogs during the World Cup, but we did really well in the opening round and then kicked on in the Super Six. We felt we achieved a lot as players, showed improvement in every game and the team did really well to reach the final," Campbell said.

"Now we have landed here in Sri Lanka and the aim is to build on what we did in India. The approach will be the same as always--hard work and commitment towards the team, which is what brought us our success."

Campbell, a former West Indies opener and vice captain, has played a key role in the development of the side since taking over the job back in 2008. The Windies are now the most improved team in women's cricket.

Windies placed fifth at the 2009 ICC Women's World Cup in Australia. Entering this year's tournament as the fifth seeds, they moved up to number two in the world. They also reached the semifinals of the ICC World T20 tournament in 2010 in the Caribbean, and again last year when the event was played in Sri Lanka.

On this trip to Sri Lanka they will play three One-Day Internationals at Dambulla and five Twenty20 Internationals at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.