Women's World Cup preview: West Indies

Our team-by-team look at the Women's World Cup contenders continues with the current World T20 champions

The squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters

Fixtures: June 26 v Australia, June 29 v India, July 2 v South Africa, July 6 v New Zealand, July 9 v Sri Lanka, July 11 v Pakistan, July 15 v England

Best result: Runners-up (2013)

ICC ranking: 5th

The talking point: Four uncapped players have been included in West Indies’ World Cup squad, while Shanel Daley returns from injury. Reniece Boyce, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters and Felicia Walters are all in line to make international debuts, while Daley last played for the Windies against Australia in late 2014.

The star: Whether she’s wielding the bat or the ball, expect Stafanie Taylor to be in the thick of the action this World Cup. One of the world’s best ODI players, Taylor has proven time and time again she can take the game away from the opposition. Her consistency is another crucial element in a team that can, at times, struggle to string together strong performances.

The one to watch: Hayley Matthews is set to play her first World Cup at age 19, but the allrounder has already made a big impact on the world stage. Last year, her 45-ball 66no propelled the Windies to victory over Australia in the World T20 final, but consistency has been an issue for the teenager since she started her ODI career with three consecutive fifties in late 2014. Her last half-century was in February 2016 and after 23 matches, she averages 24.78 at the top of the order.

The verdict: The Windies will carry a lot of confidence from their breakthrough World T20 win last year, but there is a question mark over their preparation for the tournament – before their arrival in England, their last hit-out was a 0-3 series loss to India last November. They only reconvened as a team for a short camp in late May, but their early arrival in England has allowed extra time to adapt to the conditions. One of the more inconsistent teams in the tournament, anything can happen for the Windies this tournament. When they click, they can beat anyone, it’s all a matter of timing.

Women's World Cup 2017 Guide

Australia World Cup squad: Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vc), Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

Squads: Every World Cup squad named so far

Australia's World Cup schedule

View the full tournament schedule here

Warm-up matches

June 20: Australia v South Africa, Oakham

June 22: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester


June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton

June 29: Sri Lanka v Australia, Bristol

July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol

July 5: Pakistan v Australia, Leicester

July 9: England vAustralia, Bristol

July 12: Australia v India, Bristol

July 15: South Africa v Australia, Taunton

July 18: First semi-final, Bristol

July 20: Second semi-final, Derby

July 23: Final, Lord's

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