BRING THE BEAT BACK
Winners in 2016 and semi-finalists in every edition since 2010, West Indies have always thrived in this competition. And after a difficult year, with Deandra Dottin and Haylew Matthews unavailable for long parts of it, both are back in the fold under the captaincy of Stafanie Taylor.
The recall of Lee-Ann Kirby – back in the national side for the first time since 2008 – is a sign that domestic form has been taken into account in the selection of this touring party.
On Australia’s true surfaces, where shot-making should be straightforward, they are not to be discounted.
Not since 2009 have West Indies failed to reach the semi-final stage. This time around, however, they arrive on the back of a poor year.
They have not won a T20I since beating Ireland in May; their last win against a side taking part in Australia came in January 2019.
RECENT RESULTS (most recent last - to Feb 1): WLLLLLLLLL
West Indian cricket just loves a T20 World Cup. The only side other than England or Australia to have won the crown, Stafanie Taylor led her country to victory in 2016.
A title win in their only final to date, there have been four semi-final appearances either side of that solitary crown.
Only in the first edition back in 2009 have the Caribbean nation failed to progress from the group stage.
In Taylor and Deandra Dottin, they possess two of the top six run-scorers in the tournament’s history.
WORLD CUP RECORD
2009: First round