Shakera Selman looks to adjust tactics ahead of the second T20I against England

Shakera Selman celebrates a wicket. © Cricket West Indies

Shakera Selman, the West Indies fast bowler, has said that their bowlers needed to make adjustments in their strategies against the English batters in the first T20I at Derby on Monday (September 21).

“I thought it was crucial that we changed our pace, especially at the English batters since they were coming really hard at the ball. It didn’t go as well as we would have wanted to earlier, but we have four games to go,” Selman said in a video shared by Cricket West Indies.

The England batters took the attack to the visitors, particularly in the powerplay where they scored at 8.16 runs per over. Selman, in her first over, was smashed for ten runs.

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However, she made a brilliant comeback and took three crucial wickets giving away just 16 runs in the remaining three overs. Her figures of 3 for 26 were her second-best in T20Is.

“We knew that we need to break the partnership between Heather (Knight) and Tammy (Beaumont). They were going really well,” she said, adding that as a senior bowler she had to do whatever the team required at that point.

The 31-year-old believes that she is peaking in the later stages of her career, but adds that she hasn’t got enough numbers in the wickets column to show how good she has bowled throughout. “I think the hard work is finally paying off, and I’m really happy with where I am right now,” she said.

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On taking the knee ahead of the first T20I in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign, Shakera Selman said that it felt special to be part of the crucial movement.

“I felt really good to take that knee, and show that we support whatever movement is needed to be made for these injustices to stop. I think, we have a really important role to play as athletes and ambassadors, and this was a perfect stage for that,” she concluded.

England and West Indies will play the second T20I at the Derby County Ground on Wednesday.

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