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Windies women ready for the world

FOLLOW THE LEADER: West Indies captain Stefanie Taylor (right) with team mate Hayley Matthews

WEST INDIES Women will open their Women’s World Cup campaign in June against arch-rivals Australia Women, in a repeat of last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final in India.

The Caribbean side and the Aussies also met in the final of the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago when the Aussies picked up their sixth title.

They are two of eight teams clashing with each other in the round-robin preliminaries of the tournament, which will see 28 matches played from 24 June to 23 July in England.

All preliminary games and the semi-finals will be played across Bristol, Taunton, Leicester and Derby, with the final scheduled for historic Lord’s in London.

“We are extremely excited about the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup being staged at four outstanding county grounds which I am sure will provide the best possible showcase for the top players in the women’s game,” said Steve Elworthy, the World Cup’s managing director.

“Today, the tickets for all the matches will go on sale and I am sure they will be in high demand as each of the competing countries have large support in England and Wales. This promises to be the best ICC Women’s World Cup tournament and I am sure everyone will want to be a part of the event.”

West Indies, led by Stefanie Taylor, were one of four automatic qualifiers along with Australia, England and New Zealand, and enter the tournament as one of the favourites to take the title.

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