ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Coach Courtney Walsh is pleased with the new players added to the West Indies Women’s training squad for the month-long high-performance camp currently taking place in Antigua.
Despite a few areas that need more attention, the West Indies bowling legend is not overly concerned as he knows the women can switch gears as the camp progresses. The only concern he has so far is the level of fitness of some of the players. The coaching staff has ramped up preparation in achieving improvements and balance between both fitness and skills.
He has identified an improvement in the batting both in the nets and during the practice matches played so far and he is confident the bowling will start showing that improvement in the coming weeks before the camp ends. Walsh said
“The batting has been a lot more consistent which is good. The bowling has been getting there but the batting has been the big thing so far. The theme of this camp is awareness and consistency and it’s getting better game by game and practice by practice.”
Walsh was also impressed with the adaptability of the youngsters who are in the setup for the first time and also praised the senior players for taking the younger ones under their wings.
The players have been training at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and have also played a number of highly-competitive intra-squad matches. They are preparing for the ICC Women’s World Cup to be played in New Zealand early next year.