The West Indies became the last team to gain direct qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after India forfeited its three-match series against Pakistan. The Caribbean side, which won the ICC Women’s World T20 2016, finished fourth on the ICC Women’s Championship table with 11 wins in 21 games.
The young Hayley Matthews too proved herself on the big stage in India last year.
The 2013 runner-up will bank on the explosive talent of Stafanie Taylor, who finished as the second highest run-getter of the last edition with 314 runs, and the hard-hitting batting prowess of Deandra Dottin as it aims to replicate its T20I success in the 50-over game.
The team is a mix of youth and experience with four rookies in Reniece Boyce, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters. Joseph, 16, the fast bowler from St Lucia, will be the youngest player at the 11th edition. Shanel Daley also returns to the side after being sidelined with injury for nearly three years.
The West Indies’ record in England, however, is not impressive. It has won just three of the 11 ODIs played in England since 1979.