Taylor identifies Bates as main rival

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Stefanie Taylor[www.inewsguyana.com] – West Indies women’s all-rounder Stefanie Taylor says she believes only New Zealand women captain and all-rounder Suzie Bates stands between her and the 2013 ICC Women’s One-Day International (ODI) Cricketer of the Year award.

Taylor and Bates, who is among a shortlist of six candidates for the award, were consistent performers throughout the year at the ICC World Cup, as well as ODI series.

Taylor led West Indies to a maiden ICC Women’s World Cup Final appearance in India in February and finished as the second highest run-scorer during the tournament, amassing 314 runs that included a century and a half-century.

Taylor was also influential in guiding West Indies to an historic 2-1 win over bates and her New Zealand counterparts at Sabina park in October.

Bates, who scored 110 in the opening match of the Sabina park series, ended second in the batting standings with 114 runs.

She however was named player of the tournament for the world cup after compiling 407 runs at an average 67.83 including a century and three 50s.

The other candidates for the women’s odi cricketer of the year aware are Englands’ Anya Shrubsole, South Africa’s Dane Van Niekerk, and Australian world cup-winning batter, Meg Lanning.

The awards, along with their Icc Men’s equivalent, will be announced on Saturday.

 

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