Confident NZ arrive
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
New Zealand's Women's cricket coach, Katrina Keenan, said after taking the off-season to rebuild and prepare, they are looking forward to a rematch with West Indies Women.
The two, who are set to face off in a three-match One Day International series beginning on Sunday at Sabina Park, met during the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup in February.
Led by a player-of-the-match performance from Trinidadian off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, West Indies came out on top by 48 runs and with the victory, progressed to the final.
For New Zealand, who were held to 159 in search of 208 for victory, the result also ended their campaign, which had them as favourites to advance to the final along with Australia.
The Australians eventually defeated West Indies in the final.
"We lost to the West Indies in the World Cup, however, since then, we have had a comprehensive build-up over the off-season," said Keenan, who, along with members of the team, arrived in the country yesterday.
"We are, therefore, confident in our preparations and are looking forward to the rematch, which we hope will end with us coming out on top."
A strong, balanced unit
The series, which will see the second game being played next Tuesday and the final game next Thursday at the same venue, will, according to Keenan, see the White Ferns parading a strong and balanced unit.
"We have a well-balanced team with a mixture of experienced players, and with the likes of Suzie Bates, who is ranked as the number one in the ODI batting rankings, Nicola Browne, Suzie Bates, and Amy Satterhwaite.
New Zealand Women Squad: Suzie Bates, Erin Bermingham, Nicola Browne, Rachel Candy, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Frances Mackay, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Rachel Priest, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite, and Lea Tahuhu.