Taylor banks on home atmosphere for a repeat show

2018 Women's World T20

Windies captain Stafanie Taylor is banking on home advantage during the upcoming ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 and for her the benefit goes beyond playing on familiar venues.

“We are here in the Caribbean and we like the music and we like the vibes,” Taylor shares in a first-person article with the ICC. “Whether it’s a training session or a match, we like to hear some music and we know this will help the way we play.”

Taylor, who is the top-ranked all-rounder and second-ranked batter in the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings, says the lively atmosphere will bring the crowds into the stadium but cautions that the side will have to be at its best.

“Expectations are high from us playing at home and it is important that we keep our composure and not get too much ahead of ourselves. We have to concentrate on how we want to play as a team,” she writes.

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Taylor has also discussed the strengths of different sides and the top players who will be on view during the 16-day tournament.

She added: “The game has evolved a lot since I started as a 16-year-old. The players are more classy and with more finesse. You see switch-hitting, reverse sweeps…it comprises so many new things. The players are definitely fitter and very athletic. The fielding standards have improved tremendously. It is amazing.

“We have fast bowlers like Katherine Brunt who is among the quickest and you also have players like Elyse Perry, who is an excellent bowler and all-rounder. In our side we have Shamilia Connell who is our fastest. She has matured and knows her game and it’s really good to see that someone who we have been grooming now understands her game fully and can get wickets for us.”