Australia will open their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign tonight when they take on the West Indies in Taunton, Somerset.
The two sides met in the final of the ICC World T20 last year with West Indies winning by eight wickets with Sydney Thunder’s Caribbean star Stafanie Taylor making 59.
“The West Indians know they can beat us, they did beat us in the biggest game we’ve played against them in that T20 World Cup final,” Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell said.
“We’ve got a bit of work to do to ensure that we stamp our dominance out there. They’re a very good side and if they bring their best game they can beat anyone.”
On the opposite side will be West Indies captain and Thunder opening batter Stafanie Taylor, ranked 5th in the ICC ODI rankings and 1st in the iT20 rankings is aware of the expectation of her side.
"We are the example. Seeing that the men didn't go to the Champions Trophy and we are here at the World Cup, everyone is looking at us to do well.”
In the opening game of the competition, New Zealand beat Sri Lanka before India upset hosts England by 35 runs with Thunder’s Harmanpreet Kaur making an unbeaten 24 and bowling a tight 4 overs. In last night’s game South Africa beat Pakistan in a thriller, chasing down 206.
Sydney Thunder trio Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes and Belinda Vakarewa are all part of the Australia squad.