Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
West Indies Women all-rounder Shanel Daley is expecting a tough series against New Zealand Women when the teams meet in a three-match one day international series next month at Sabina Park.
The series, which is set to bowl off on Sunday, October 6, will see West Indies looking to build on their appearance in the final of the ICC Women's World Cup in India last February.
It will also provide both teams an opportunity to face-off again after West Indies got the better of the New Zealanders in play-off action to reach the final of the World Cup.
"It's going to be a tough series as New Zealand is one of the better teams in women's cricket," said Daley, who is ranked number one in the ICC Women's Twenty20 bowlers ranking.
"They have very good players, classy players, with quite a few being ranked in the top 10 of bowlers and batters.
"We will, therefore, have to play well day in and day out, something I know we are more than capable of," she added.
West Indies, which will be contesting a series in Jamaica for the first time, earlier in the month named a 17-member squad for the series.
The squad, which assembled in Jamaica on Sunday, is presently undergoing a one-week training camp with coach Sherwin Campbell.
TRIMMED TO 14
The squad is expected to be trimmed to 14 before the start of the series.
Included in the squad are four Jamaicans with Daley and world number-one-ranked Twenty20 batswoman Stafanie Taylor heading the list.
The others are wicketkeeper Natasha Mclean and batswoman Chinelle Henry.
The series, in the meanwhile, will be the first of three to be contested by West Indies over the next two months.
The second will be a Tri-Nation series, which will feature highly ranked England, at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
England, which finished third at the World Cup, and West Indies are then set to square off in a three-match one day international series at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad.