Lower-order batters haven’t been able to capitalise on starts, says Shamilia Connell

Shamilia Connell in action for the West Indies. © Getty Images

West Indies pacer Shamilia Connell has said that not capitalising on the starts and lack of contributions from lower-order batters has hurt them in the T20I series against England. “We have been getting some good partnerships up top with Deandra Dottin. But, we haven’t been able to capitalise with the lower order,” Connell said in the post-match interaction after their defeat in the third T20I on Saturday (September 27).

The Women in Maroon are yet to taste victory on this tour and it is their batting that has not lived up to the mark. They have failed to chase the targets that were set in all three matches. Connell said that they have been discussing the lack of depth in their batting. However, she believes that they are moving in the right direction.

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“I guess our batting has been failing for a while. But it is a work in progress,” said Connell, who has taken three wickets in the series soo far. “And I believe we are getting better. It’s not gonna happen overnight. But I believe we are gonna get there.” West Indies lost the first two games by identical 47 run margins.

Bowling in the death-overs has been an issue for the West Indies in the last two matches. They have conceded more than 50 runs in the last five overs. Connell felt that the issue is more with the execution part than the planning. She said the bowlers know what to do in the death overs, adding, “I guess the batters are going hard in the last five overs and they are capitalising it. I believe the issue with the execution.”

On her consistent performance with the ball, the 28-year-old said that the hard work she had put in during the off-season is coming good. “I am trying to be consistent with my bowling because the team depends a lot on me. So I have been working really hard,” she concluded.

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