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CRICKET: 'We had to fight for the trophy', says WI female player Stafanie Taylor

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 4:32 PM
Stafanie Taylor says Jamaicans provided great support leading up to her West Indies team's historic victory over Australia on Sunday, in Kolkata, India in the ICC World Twenty20 championships.
West Indies women's cricketer Stafanie Taylor and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange hug at yesterday's welcome-home ceremony at the Norman Manley International Airport.
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Shayne Fairman, Sport Writer

From being a talented young cricketer at Eltham High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, to captaining the world-conquering West Indies women's cricket team, Stafanie Taylor said her journey has been tough but well worth her efforts.

According to Taylor, Jamaicans provided great support leading up to her West Indies team's historic victory over Australia on Sunday, in Kolkata, India in the ICC World Twenty20 championships.

It was their first appearance in a World Twenty20 final.

It was also the team's first time beating three-time defending champions Australia in a Twenty20 international.

West Indies Women made light work of Australia's 148 for five wickets with an emphatic 149 for two, in which Taylor made a captain's knock of 59 runs.

"I remember I had a press conference and a guy from Australia asked me if I was intimidated by the Aussies. I was so angry that I almost cursed but I didn't, I went back to the girls and I told them that this is what is being said and we have to take it positively and just go out there," she said.

"It was the Aussies that had been intimidated by us, we had nothing to lose. We were fighting for the trophy and they had to fight to defend it so we just went out there and did what we had to do," Taylor told the media yesterday.