Women’s World T20: Not intimidated by Australia, we'll be positive, says West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor

Kolkata: In the midst of their dream run, West Indies women's team captain Stafanie Taylor on Saturday said they are not intimidated by the Aussies, who will be looking for an unprecedented fourth successive title in the World Women's Twenty20.

"We are not intimidated at all. They have won three times. We have nothing to lose. We go there and be positive. We definitely want to grasp this and win the Cup for the first time.

"Australia have won it three times and if things go their way it will be there fourth. I don't think we are intimidated. We are just trying to be relaxed," Stafanie on the eve of their summit clash.


Stafanie Taylor. AFP

A hardhitting opener who doubles up as a offspinner, Stafanie has played a key role in their road to final but the young 24-year-old skipper said it's about keeping their heads down.

"We're very much excited. This is a first final for us, there will be a lot of nerves around. We just have to embrace it, try to be calm and composed, go out there and fight for it."

At the same time, she praised the heavyweights Aussies who have not looked back since winning their maiden WT20 title in 2010.

"What I really like about the Aussies that they're fearless in everything that they do. They keep fighting. We're trying to instill that. Even from before we actually like the way they go upon their game. It's about just going out there and play your natural game."

With the women's and men's team having made the finals of the World Twenty20, she said it's a dream come true for the troubled West Indies.

"It would mean a lot. Ever since we've been talking about it. We're just hanging it out with the guys. It's been so good, talking talking and talking. It's difficult to explain in words how much it would mean. We never been to any final before. For us, to get this one would be like a dream come true."

She further said their shocking one-wicket loss to England Women who chased down a modest 109 in a nailbiting chase was the turning point.

"There were so many close games. I think England was the turning point for us, from thereon we could turn it around," she said pointing out their three-run win over Indian Women that sealed their semi-final ticket.

Stafanie did a masterstroke by promoting Britney Cooper at no 3 as her maiden halfcentury, a 48-ball 61, propelled them to a winning 143/6 against New Zealand Women in the Mumbai semifinal.

"In T20s, you have to be flexible. You have only 20 overs. You have to act depending on the situation, see which batter is suitable. Last game it really helped us. We needed somebody to go and push. She did just that. That was a fantastic knock. Everyone would have been surprised."

The men's team known for their celebration, she further said they would join Darren Sammy and Co should they complete the rare double.

"We will definitely do another champion dance. Bravo has told us we're not doing enough. So tomorrow if we do it we will do it lots."

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2016 09:52 AM

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