Windies Women ready for England series- Taylor

first_img OTHER PLAYERS Fresh from their historic victory over Australia in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year, West Indies Women will go about showing that their triumph was no fluke when they take on world-rated England Women in the five-match one-day international series, starting today at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. In what will be their first international fixture since their win, the West Indies will enter the contest ranked second on the latest ICC Women Championship with 20 points, one ahead of England, who are third. A qualifier for the ICC Women World Cup in England next summer, the eight-team Women Championship is led by reigning world champions Australia on 30 points, with New Zealand fourth on 16. India, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are the other competing teams. Two points are offered for qualifying-match victories, with one point given for a no-result. The top four teams at the end of qualifying, which culminates later this year, will advance automatically to the World Cup, with the bottom four slated for a play-off. “I wouldn’t say tough, but I know it’s going to be a challenging one,” said West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor, ahead of the opener, which, like the second fixture, will not offer points towards qualification. The final three matches of the series, however, to be played at Sabina Park, will offer points. “They definitely have good players, but I think we are quite equal, and as such it should be a very good match-up,” she added. Coached by Vasbert Drakes, the West Indies will enter the series with more higher-rated players than England. Leading the way is the decorated Taylor, who is currently ranked fifth on the latest ICC Women one-day international batting rankings, fourth in the bowling equivalent, and number one on the all-rounder chart. She is followed by teammate, the big-hitting Deandra Dottin, who is ranked ninth in batting, and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who is ranked third in bowling. England, in the meantime, has front-line batter Sarah Taylor, occupying the number seven position on the batting rankings, and Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, and Anya Shrubsole controlling the number two, eight, and nine posts on the bowling chart. WI Women Squad: Stafanie Taylor – captain, Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt. England Women Squad: Heather Knight – captain, Sarah Taylor, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Tammy Beaumont, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alexandra Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield, and Danielle Wyatt.last_img read more

What do you make of this team? A Chelsea XI made up of loanees

first_img Striker: Tammy Abraham – After scoring 26 goals in a struggling Bristol City side last season the 19-year-old has caught the eye. In the end Swansea managed to sign the exciting forward on loan for the season and, in former Chelsea youth coach Paul Clement, you would think Abraham would get plenty of opportunity. Before he made the move to Wales, the England Under-21 international signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge. 11 11 11 Left-wing: Isaiah Brown – After helping Huddersfield to promotion last season it looks as if Brown could join fellow Premier League newcomers Brighton on loan very soon. Brown turned out for Rotherham in the first half of last season, before being snapped up by Wagner, but you sense now is the time for the 20-year-old to make his top tier breakthrough. Capable of playing in the middle or out on the left, Brown’s proposed arrival at Chris Hughton’s side could help the Seagulls no end. Centre-midfield: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – One of the brightest prospects from the Chelsea academy has struggled to get regular game time at the Blues and looks set to sign a season-long loan deal at Crystal Palace. The midfielder missed out on the Under-21 European Championship with injury but, once the move to Selhurst Park is complete, he can hit the ground running and show what he is all about. He should become manager Frank de Boer’s first signing at Palace and Chelsea will no doubt keep an eye on the man tipped for a big future. Centre-back: Michael Hector – Hector was a deadline day signing for Chelsea in the summer 2015 transfer window from Reading but was immediately loaned back to the Royals. Last season he went to Germany to star for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga but he looks likely to head out once again for this upcoming season. Reports suggest Championship side Nottingham Forest are keen on bringing in the Jamaican international. 11 Centre-back: Tomas Kalas – The Czech defender has shown himself to be highly capable in the Championship after his time at Middlesbrough, which saw them promoted, and last season at Fulham where they fell just short. Now 24 years old, the defender looks like he could return to Fulham on loan but Hull City are also very keen. New Tigers boss Leonid Slutsky is friendly with Roman Abramovich and while he would prefer a loan deal for Kalas he could move permanently. 11 Left-back: Baba Rahman – The Blues seem to buy a new left-back every summer and the man to arrive in 2015 was Rahman from Augsburg. Last season the Ghanaian went on loan to Schalke but his time was disrupted by injury. However, with Marcos Alonso ahead of him, and the possible incoming of Alex Sandro from Juventus, Rahman looks likely to seal a loan return to Gelsenkirchen according to reports. 11 11 11 It’s been well documented the amount of talent Chelsea have amongst their youth ranks and their loan system has come in for plenty of criticism.This summer appears to be no different with several players already agreeing to loan deals and a number of others looking highly likely to be sent out to other sides.Hull City have recently signed Ola Aina from the Blues and Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to be on the verge of signing for Crystal Palace.Here, talkSPORT has put together an XI, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, made of Chelsea players currently on loan or who look likely to do so.Scroll through the gallery above to take a look.  11 11 Right-back: Todd Kane – The Chelsea youth prospect signed his first professional contract in 2011 and has now been on six separate loan spells since then. Last season Kane spent time in Holland playing for NEC Nijmegen but his spell was cut short with injury after he had initially impressed. This season the full-back, now 23, has decided to head back to the Dutch league and will turn out for FC Groningen on a season-long loan. Right-wing: Kasey Palmer – The Chelsea man has returned to Huddersfield on-loan after spending last season at the Terriers. Following the success of promotion under David Wagner, 20-year-old Palmer was keen to head back to the John Smith’s Stadium. His wish was granted earlier this month as he came back on loan shortly after signing a new four-year Chelsea contract. Centre-midfield: Charlie Colkett – After spending time at Swindon Town last season, 20-year-old Colkett will spend this upcoming campaign at Vitesse Arnhem. In doing so the midfielder will be the latest Chelsea prospect to travel to the Eredivisie side for development. With Swindon relegated last season he will hope for a far more positive experience this time around. Goalkeeper: Jamal Blackman – click right for the full XI – The 23-year-old youth academy product has been sent out on three loan spells before, the most successful of which was last year at Wycombe Wanderers. Blackman was first choice for Gareth Ainsworth’s side and the keeper has expressed he would be open to a return if granted the opportunity. Either way the shot stopper will most likely be loaned out once again this season. Attacking midfield: Lewis Baker – During a two-year loan at Vitesse Arnhem, the England Under-21 star became a fan favourite in Holland and helped the side to the Dutch Cup – their first ever trophy. Now that he has returned he is looking to break into English football and reports suggest he could sign a new contract before heading out on loan to a Premier League team. Baker is now 22 and his move this summer will be crucial in determining the player he will become. 11last_img read more