Stafanie Taylor returns as West Indies announce squad for T20I tri-series against South Africa & India

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  • Stafanie Taylor has returned to the West Indies squad for the upcoming tri-series.

  • Windies will play the T20 tri-series against South Africa and India.

Stafanie Taylor returns as West Indies announce squad for T20I tri-series against South Africa & India
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West Indies have announced their squad for the upcoming T20I tri-series against South Africa and India ahead of the T20 World Cup 2023.

Allrounder Stafanie Taylor and middle-order batter Britney Cooper have returned to the squad along with Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman. Notably, Taylor has been out of action since September, when she retired hurt in the second ODI against New Zealand before getting ruled out of the five-match T20I series that followed. Similarly, Cooper last appeared for West Indies during the home series against South Africa in September 2021.

On the other hand, Connell had been dropped from the side for the ODI series against England after going wicketless in two of the three matches and a T20I against New Zealand. While Selman, too, had been ruled out of those T20Is after suffering an injury.

“Our batting in the most recent series was less than par against a very good England bowling attack. We believe that with the return of some experienced batters, they will be able to support captain Hayley Matthews at the top of the order,” said lead selector Ann Browne-John as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

“The team had commendable performances [during the four ODIs] in South Africa in early 2022, and we know that the entire team will be drawing on that experience as they take on the home team and India in this tri-Series and then potentially again at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup also in South Africa,” she added.

The tri-series will start on January 21, with two round-robin games followed by the final on February 2. All matches will be played at Buffalo Park in East London. Following the tri-series, all three teams will participate in the T20 World Cup, starting February 10.

West Indies Squad for the tri-series:

Hayley Matthews (captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Cherry Ann Fraser, Afy Fletcher, Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams

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