Matthews is frustrated by the controversial decisions but regrets batting for West Indies

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Matthews is frustrated by the controversial decisions but regrets batting for West Indies – Gudstory

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West Indies captain Hayley Matthews was left frustrated after her team was on the wrong end of two tight TV umpire decisions in their eight-wicket loss to Australia, although she did not use that as an excuse for the result admitting her team was just as upset. He excelled in the ODI series.

The West Indies fell from 38 for 2 to 39 for 4 during the first innings of the third ODI at Junction Oval in Melbourne after two controversial decisions by TV umpire Clare Polosak against them in the space of three balls.

Stafanie Taylor was handed off for catch and throw by Annabel Sutherland despite replays suggesting the ball touched the ground before sticking to Sutherland’s fingers. Shemaine Campbelle lbw was then given to Alana King on the field by referee Eloise Sheridan and the decision was reviewed. Polosak upheld the decision on the field after it was deemed that the ball had touched Campbell’s pad before getting an inside edge that led to an apparent deflection back onto the pad.

West Indies were eventually bowled out for just 103 with Australia chasing the target by just two runs in 15.3 overs. Speaking after the match, Matthews did not place any blame on the television official, and said that her team had to accept the decisions even though they did not agree with them. But she confirmed that she would submit the decisions to the match referees at the team leaders’ meeting after the match.

“I think they were really close decisions,” Matthews said. “I know that a lot of times when you’re not completely sure, the benefit of the doubt is given to the batsman. But the umpire had to make a decision. I don’t think we were 100% sure or happy with the hit. Decisions but at the same time, we have to respect the decision he made.” The ruling and we follow it.”

Matthews was left lamenting the performance of her batting side across the one-day series after pushing Australia close in the T20I series.

The West Indies were dismissed for just 83 and 103 in their ODI loss and were 107 for 8 after 25.3 overs in the second match before rain ended the match. Aaliyah Alleyne was the only West Indies batsman to score 30 or more in the series and only five scores of 20 or more, with Alleyne and Matthews each contributing two while Rashada Williams top-scored with 25 in the third ODI on Although it was dropped when sliding in 8.

“I think we definitely have to find a way to get more of our hitters involved,” Matthews said. “It’s quite disappointing for a lot of us, especially during the ODI series where obviously we haven’t been able to get totals on the board. I think the batsmen are really trying to take a look at themselves and find ways to score.”

“But at the same time, we know that we are playing against the best team in the world and we know that coming down here will be difficult. But I think for us, there is a loss and then maybe there is a loss because of the performances we made.” “We lost, and I think on reflection we know we can do better and we should do a little better.”

A number of young players will now head on tour to Pakistan with West Indies A which Matthews said will be an excellent opportunity to develop their games further.

But she made a rare and frank admission that the teenagers in her squad, such as Zaida James and Jinaba Joseph, have a much tougher task of making it to international level in this era because of the overall quality of the opposition than they had back then. She began her international career against Australia when she was 16 years old.

“I guess I was a little lucky,” Matthews said. “Women’s cricket at the moment is not what women’s cricket was eight or nine years ago. I think that’s the truth. I was very fortunate to get into cricket at a time when it was still growing and I had the opportunity to play all over the world.” And get a cricket franchise and kind of grow with the game.

“Whereas I think they’ve now come into women’s cricket at a place where it’s very difficult and the skill of the game is probably much higher as well. So I think it’s going to be a tough time for them early on against really good teams. But at the same time, we have to keep encouraging them and want them to improve and keep giving them the opportunity to do that as well.”

Matthews now turns her attention to the WBBL where she will play a senior role for the Melbourne Renegades. She confirmed that her injured quad was fine after missing the first ODI and was ready to play the full WBBL campaign.

“It was just a first-class tear,” Matthews said. “But since the third T20, I’ve been in a pain-free zone and managing it well. Hence the reason I missed the first match but at the same time, I wouldn’t come back unless I felt I was fully fit to play. Do that.”


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