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Cooper determined to come back

Britney Cooper goes through her running drills while practicing yesterday at the National Cricket Centre in Bakmain, Couva. Photo: KEVIN MAHARAJ KEVIN MAHARAJ Dropped West In­dies women’s crick­eter Brit­ney Coop­er says she is pre­pared to make a strong come­back to the re­gion­al team. Coop­er spoke to Guardian Me­dia Sports yes­ter­day af­ter­noon as she trained by […]

Britney Cooper goes through her running drills while practicing yesterday at the National Cricket Centre in Bakmain, Couva. Photo: KEVIN MAHARAJ

KEVIN MAHARAJ

Dropped West In­dies women’s crick­eter Brit­ney Coop­er says she is pre­pared to make a strong come­back to the re­gion­al team. Coop­er spoke to Guardian Me­dia Sports yes­ter­day af­ter­noon as she trained by her­self at the Na­tion­al Crick­et Cen­tre in Cou­va.

Coop­er has been in and out of the West In­dies women’s team, miss­ing out on the South Africa se­ries last year but then gain­ing a spot on the team for the Women’s World T20 in No­vem­ber. Last week, she was once again dropped by the Crick­et West In­dies (CWI) se­lec­tors from a 20-mem­ber train­ing squad prepar­ing for the up­com­ing Pak­istan se­ries.

How­ev­er, Coop­er re­mains mo­ti­vat­ed to take back her spot on the team.

“My goal was al­ways to be on the West In­dies team and stay on the West In­dies team,” she said. “As an ath­lete you have highs and you have lows. Right now in my ca­reer, I’m go­ing through a low point but I still have goals I in­tend to reach, and as you can see, I’m here along train­ing by my­self be­cause I’m mo­ti­vat­ed to achieve those goals.”

Coop­er ad­mit­ted it’s a bad start to her crick­et sea­son but she’s hop­ing to bounce back and end it much bet­ter. Her come­back quest will start in the do­mes­tic women’s crick­et sea­son which bowls off this week­end.

She said, “I’m go­ing to get a lot of game prac­tice with the club crick­et go­ing on and na­tion­al train­ing is al­so go­ing on. My team was vic­to­ri­ous in the T10 com­pe­ti­tion this past week­end and now we’re look­ing to­wards the 50-over and T20 com­pe­ti­tions that is com­ing.”

Coop­er large­ly strug­gled at the Women’s World T20 gath­er­ing on­ly 23 runs in five in­nings dur­ing the tour­na­ment. In­stead, the CWI se­lec­tors gave a call-up to 21-year-old Ja­maican Rasha­da Williams, who is en­ter­ing the in­ter­na­tion­al set-up for the first time.


Source: Guardian Newspaper

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