Hayley Matthews : In women’s T20Is, West Indies’ batting. Has long been their biggest weakness. Their problems with the middle order have been a hindrance for the past few years. The lowest T20I middle order average among Full Member teams since January 2021. Belongs to West Indies (Nos. 4 to 7). Shemaine Campbelle, batting at No. 4, contributed to 11 of the middle order’s 24 runs in their opening game in the women’s T20I tri-series against South Africa.
Hayley Matthews, the captain, acknowledged that it was a concern but said that the top order also needed to do more.
Hayley Matthews statement
“We’re missing a lot of big players,” Matthews said after West Indies’ 44-run defeat. “People like Chinelle Henry, who we usually have in the lower middle order that are capable of hitting the ball. Out of the park and even Chedean Nation, who played today but just hasn’t been able to get going just yet. So yeah, it’s the same story all around.
“We need to improve from the top right down to the bottom”. of our batting line-up in the way that we are playing at the moment. It’s pretty clear we are not being able to put big enough partnerships. At the same time we have a lot of injuries with key batters out.”
“At the moment we are trying players and we’re giving players the opportunity to grab that opening spot,” Matthews said. “Britney Cooper didn’t look that bad out there today, so hopefully she’s the one that can come out there and really produce [what we need]. The [T20] World Cup is the main goal for us and we are trying out different options to see what fits best.
“Sometimes as international cricket goes. It’s about digging deeper. At the same time we need to get some more runs at the top of the order. It’s not a matter of what’s happening at the toss as we have struggled. To get runs both in the first and the second innings.”