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Dottin: Our chances are good against England

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 12:19 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
West Indies Women all-rounder Deandra Dottin stretching during a training session.
West Indies Women all-rounder Deandra Dottin stretching during a training session.

West Indies senior women’s vice-captain Deandra Dottin believes that the regional side has a good chance of securing a series win against England in its five T20 Internationals series from September 21-30, at the Incora County Ground, Derby.

The all-rounder spoke to the media via Zoom yesterday and showed some amount of confidence that the Caribbean women will give a good account of themselves despite not having much cricket under their belts.

“I think our chances are very good. At the end of the day, we came here to play cricket, and we are not taking anybody for granted or underestimate the girls or the England team. We just came here to play hard cricket, and that’s what we are actually going to play,” said Dottin.

Dottin, who had to overcome a serious shoulder injury in 2019, says she is looking to lead not only with the bat, but also with the ball, having not bowled for some time due to the injury.

“I am fit to bowl in the series. I am feeling pretty good at this moment. It’s been a long time I have been out, but I have been working on specifics as in strengthening after my injury,” added the Barbadian all-rounder.

Dottin and the West Indies have not tasted any match action since their last outing in the T20 World Cup in Australia in late February and early March.

During that tournament, the Windies failed to advance to the semi-finals after winning just one game and losing to Pakistan and England.

Bouncing back

While disappointed with that outcome, Dottin believes that the regional girls will bounce back from that disappointment with a new coaching staff and personnel.

“To me, the girls were pretty good during the World Cup, but that time wasn’t our time. I just think that there are areas that we needed to work on, and it was in those areas that we didn’t click.”

The West Indies Women’s squad will live, train, and play in a “bio-secure” environment during the tour as part of the comprehensive medical and operations plans to ensure player and staff safety, which will restrict movement in and out of the venues.