SOUTHAMPTON, England, CMC – Batsman Kyshona Knight believes a focussed team effort could bring West Indies success in the ICC Women’s World Cup starting later this month.
The elegant top-order batsman said while the Caribbean side would depend heavily on the likes of veterans Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Shakera Selman, it was critical every player took responsibility for delivering strong performances throughout the June 24 to July 23 tournament.
“Once everyone chip in and put up their hands in the games as a whole team, I think we will do a very good job,” the left-hander said during the ongoing training camp at the Ageas Bowl.
“Everyone is looking for us to do very well in this World Cup but I don’t think the girls are trying to put that added pressure on themselves so we’re just going out there to play each game as they come and give of our best.”
Knight’s runs at the top of the order will be valuable as West Indies Women seek to add the 50-overs title to their Twenty20 World title captured last year in India.
The 25-year-old has not played a one-dayer in nearly two years, however, with her last match coming when Pakistan Women toured the Caribbean in 2015.
However, Knight said she was looking to contribute to the Windies success and hoped her side could capitalise on the conditions.
“I just want to get out there and give of my best, and hopefully as a team we can put in some good performances and probably bring home the World Cup,” the Barbadian said.
“The pitches are really good. Once you get in on them, hopefully the batters can capitalise and the bowlers can use the swing to their advantage.”
West Indies open their campaign on June 26 against reigning champions Australia Women – a team Knight believes will be the heavy favourites along with hosts England Women.
“They have some really key players and I guess the conditions down here really suit their players. I think they will be our biggest opponents.”