Matthews credits captaincy, franchise

Sydney – West Indies Women’s captain Hayley Matthews said the responsibility that comes with the role, and her exposure to franchise cricket over the past couple of years were key factors in the improvements to her batting.

The 25-year-old all-rounder hammered an incredible 132 and her side pulled off the highest successful run chase of all-time in women’s Twenty20 Internationals against hosts, world No. 1 and world champions, Australia Women on Monday.

Matthews smashed 20 fours and five sixes from 64 balls in a breath-taking assault on the Australian bowling, and the Caribbean side successfully chased 213 to secure a seven-wicket win in the second T20I at North Sydney Oval to level the series 1-1.

“Quite incredible,” Matthews told reporters at the post-play news conference. “I can’t quite find the words yet, but I don’t think many days of cricket have beaten that.” (CMC)

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