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Maiden title should spur women’s game in Caribbeans: Taylor

Having clinched their maiden Women’s World Twenty20 title, West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor on Sunday said that the historic triumph should act as the stepping stone for the development of the women’s game in the Caribbeans.

Taylor called for the Caribbean authorities to develop infrastructure so that the women’s game is developed there.

“We have to move on from here not just enjoy look at it stepping stone. We don’t want to stuck here. We definitely need some infrastructure like in Australia and England. We need young guys coming up,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference after West Indies beat three-time defending champions Australia by eight wickets in the summit showdown.

“When these core players go, it will deteriorate. We need to start building. We need consistency to compete teams like England and Australia,” she added.

Taylor, who hit a 57-ball 59 on Sunday, said the mindset of targetting to bat through instead of thinking the England total helped to her side win the final match.

“It’s funny, we never discussed the total. We just we wanted to bat through, it was good to keep wickets in hand. We could do that stay there and bat through,” Taylor said as the West Indies chased down the target of 149 to halt a quadruple of titles by the Australians.

Taylor said she and her team-mates were still feeling “unreal” about winning the title.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet. When we wake up in the morning it’s going to be like is it real trophy. I will ask myself is this real. When we touch down at the Caribbean that’s when it’s going to hit you. A lot of people with cameras you will realise that you have won the World Cup,” Taylor said.

18-year-old Hayley Matthews was the star of West Indies run chase with a match-winning 66 from 45 balls to be adjudged the Player of the Tournament. 

Taylor credited she and Matthews’ stint in Women’s Big Bash in Australia for their side’s dominating show. 
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