The disappointments of the last two ICC tournaments will not phase the Australia Women’s team as they prepare to face hosts West Indies in the Women’s World T20 semi-final on Thursday, according to vice-captain Rachael Haynes.
Australia were beaten by the Windies at the same stage of the tournament in 2016 in India and then lost to India in the last four at the 50-over World Cup in the UK last year despite being overwhelming favourites.
Haynes though says both those defeats are in the past and that Australia will remain positive despite a loss against India in their final group game.
Speaking to the media in Antigua where the Women’s World T20 will be played, Haynes said: “That’s all in the past now.
“If we were sitting back and thinking about that, I’d be a bit worried about our head space.
“We’ve been really positive all throughout this tournament. I think it’s been really clear on how we want to play, how we want to execute.
“The other day it probably didn’t quite come off as well as we would have liked but I think our team’s in a really positive frame of mind, which is where you want to be heading into a semi-final.”
The Windies have been the form team in the competition and went through their group with a perfect record of four wins from four and will also have a boisterous home crowd behind them on Thursday.
Haynes went on: “We’ve kept track of what was going on (in Group A), they’ve got some very dangerous players as we’ve seen first hand in the past, so we’ll definitely have to be on our game.”
The other semi-final in the Women’s World T20 will be contested between England and India at the same venue also on Thursday.
Stokes will lead the XI in the absence of regular captain Joe Root, who will be on paternity leave.
The 22-year-old is bidding for a Test debut against England.
The West Indies all-rounder could only make five in their second intra-squad match.
The star all-rounder will take charge for the opening Test against the West Indies.
Holder was dismissed for only five off 13 balls.
All-rounder will step in next week with Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child.
The all-rounder left home county Yorkshire earlier this month.