"I don't feel like there's any pressure on us," says Matthews on their upcoming semi-final clash against Australia Featured

West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews says all the pressure is on Australia ahead of their ICC Women’s World Cup semi-final clash in Wellington on Tuesday.

The West Indies backed into the semi-finals on the weekend when South Africa defeated India by three wickets, a result that eliminated India and sent the West Indies Women into wild celebrations.

However, looking ahead they have a difficult task ahead of them going up against the unbeaten Australians.

“Going into the game we know the quality team that Australia has but at the same time I don’t feel like there’s any pressure on us,” Matthews said in an interview on Sunday.

“We’re playing against the best team in the world and I think we’ve just got to go out there and play our natural game and have fun on the field. I think we perform better when we go out there and just have fun and enjoy ourselves.”

The team's celebrations after India was eliminated went viral and demonstrated just how important it was for the West Indies Women that they were able to advance to the semi-finals.

“It means a whole lot. I think coming into this World Cup, we were definitely underdogs. No one had us in the semi-finals. To be able to come here and exceed expectations has been amazing. Being able to beat some of the bigger teams, obviously, was massive on our list. Just really happy that we were able to get to the semi-finals,” she said.

Matthews is the Windies leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in the tournament so far with 226 runs and 10 wickets, respectively, and will be expected to play a major role if the Caribbean side are to pull off the upset against the Australian juggernaut on Tuesday.

 

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