Two Barbadian West Indies Women’s players have been named to the prestigious International Cricket Council’s Twenty Team-of-the-Year.
Highly-regarded all-rounders Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews were yesterday announced as part of the XI, with outstanding Jamaican and West Indies Women’s skipper, Stafanie Taylor, voted captain of the XI.
Both players have become virtual fixtures on the West Indies Women’s squad in recent years, excelling in both the T20 and 50-overs formats.
The 26-year-old Dottin has continued to prove her worth to the regional unit and was one of the leading batsmen this year, while also displaying her value with the ball.
In the period under consideration, however, Dottin’s form was average until her astonishing 112 against Sri Lanka Women at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua last October.
Dottin smashed nine fours and five sixes to become the first women’s player to score two T20I hundreds in a career, following her first hundred seven years ago during the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean.
Using her skiddy medium pace, Dottin also snared six wickets but it was her explosive batting that gained her spot in the world XI.
Currently, Dottin is the third-ranked batsman on the ICC women’s charts and also number three in the all-rounder’s rankings.
She currently has 1959 runs and 40 wickets in the T20 format.
Matthews, still on 19-years-old, has emerged as the leading women’s bowler and all-rounder over the past year.
She made her T20 debut three years ago but since then has risen to become the ICC number one bowler with her incisive off-spin and the number one all-rounder.
She scored 163 runs during the period under consideration while taking 10 wickets, to be one of the Windies Women leading bowlers.
Matthews was the star of the Windies T20 World Cup triumph in India last year April when she stroked a half-century in the final.
She was understably thrilled by her latest honour, tweeting: “Honoured by this achievement. Thanks for everyone’s continued support.”
The 26-year-old Taylor, meanwhile, is the third West Indies player on the ICC T20 XI, following another year of prolific form.
The Jamaican is one of the premier batsmen in the women’s game, having scored just over 4000 runs in 108 One-Day Internationals where she averages 43.
She averages 37 from her 80 T20Is that have yielded 2474 runs.
In the period under consideration, Taylor scored 266 runs at an average of 53, and currently tops the ICC batting rankings.
All three Windies players are currently plying their trade in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash.
No West Indies player made the ICC ODI Team-of-the-Year.