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Windies need to show character, warns Aguilleira

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Former skipper Merissa Aguilleira believes West Indies Women will need to dig deep and show their character if they are to secure an automatic spot at next year's 50-over World Cup in England.

The Caribbean side's chances were dealt a serious blow when they lost the opening one-day international of their three-match series against India Women on Thursday, as they missed out on two precious ICC Women's Championship points.

And with four points available from the remaining games, West Indies Women now find themselves under pressure to win both in order to remain in contention for a top-four spot in the Championship.

"It may sound like a pressuring situation but we have been in situations where we had to come together as a team and work hard, and I think that's where the best of the best are actually made," the Trinidadian said.

"It's not all the time you will get it where you just go out there and just get something easy. It's always good to work hard for something, and we know how bad we want to qualify, but it is getting ourselves together as a team and working hard and trusting and believing in each other, and trusting that God will pull it through for us."

West Indies Women started the series in third spot on 22 points, one behind England Women and eight adrift of winners Australia Women.

However, New Zealand Women lie fourth on 20 points with South Africa Women fifth on 17, with both teams still having three games left to play.

The top four teams at the end of the championship will secure automatic qualification for the 50-over World Cup.

Aguilleira, who top-scored with an unbeaten 42 in her side's paltry 131 all out, which resulted in a six-wicket defeat to the Indians, backed the Twenty20 World champions to hit back strongly in the remaining contests.

"Even though we have our downtime at this point in time, I have full confidence in the girls. I have full confidence in myself that we're going to bounce back and we're going to bounce back, for the people of the West Indies."

The second ODI bowls off tomorrow.