Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Newly appointed assistant coach, Ezra Moseley, believes West Indies Women stand a good chance of winning their three-match One Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand if they play to their true potential.
The series, which will be first for either team since their exploits at the ICC Women's World Cup in India in February, will bowl off on Sunday at Sabina Park.
This will be followed by the second game on Tuesday, and the third and final next Thursday.
"We have got a lot of talented women playing cricket in the region, and if we can play to our true potential, we can consistently beat some of the top teams in the world," said Moseley, the former West Indies fast bowler.
"It will, however, require a lot of effort, dedication and focus, qualities that I believe our women possess."
In gunning for the win, West Indies will be hoping for outstanding performances from their world- rated players, including former ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year, Jamaican Stafanie Taylor.
The 22-year-old Taylor is set to lead the batting along with Barbadian batting star Deandra Dottin, who three years ago became the first woman to score a Twenty20 International century.
In terms of bowling, the team will be hoping for inspired performances from Jamaican all-rounder Shanel Daley, and Trinidadian off-spinner Anisa Mohammed.
Daley is ranked number one in the ICC Twenty20 bowling rankings, while Mohammed is number six in the ICC ODI bowling equivalent.
Other players who will be hoping to make an impression as well are captain and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleria, lead fast bowler, Tremayne Smartt, the Knight twin sisters, Kycia and Kyshona, and batters Shemaine Campbelle and Natasha McLean.
Moseley who represented West Indies men in two Tests and nine ODIs, and who is assisting head coach Sherwin Campbell, expressed delight at being offered the opportunity to be a part of the West Indies Women set-up.
He said he has been coaching women's regional cricket for a while, and believes he has the requisite experience and expertise to mould them into world beaters.
"I have been coaching women's cricket now for more years than I can remember, and I bring a lot of experience and expertise to the table," he said.
"I used to coach women's soft ball, and have been coaching Barbados Women in regional cricket for the last couple of years. I therefore think I am qualified to do the job, and I look forward to making a positive contribution."