West Indies were eventually bowled out for just 103 with Australia chasing the target only two down in 15.3 overs. Speaking after the match, Matthews did not place any blame on the TV official and said her team had to accept the decisions even though they did not agree with them. But she did confirm she would raise the decisions with the match officials in the post-match captains’ meeting.
“I think they were really close decisions,” Matthews said. “I know a lot of the time when you’re not too sure, the benefit of the doubt is given to the batter. But the umpire had a decision to make. I don’t think we were 100% sure or happy with the decisions but at the same time, we’ve got to respect the decision that the umpire has made and go with it.”
Matthews was left to lament her team’s batting performance across the one-day series after pushing Australia close in the T20I series.
“I think for us we’ve definitely got to find a way for more of our batters to chip in,” Matthews said. “It’s quite disappointing for a lot of us, especially throughout that ODI series obviously not being able to get totals on the board. I think the batters are really trying to have a look at themselves and finding ways to score.
“But at the same time, we know we’re playing against the best team in the world and we knew coming down here was going to be challenging. But I think for us, there’s losing and then there’s probably losing with the performances that we lost with, and I think on reflection we know we can do better and should be doing a bit better still.”
A number of the young players will now head on a tour to Pakistan with West Indies A which Matthews said would be an excellent opportunity to further develop their games.
“I think I was a bit more fortunate,” Matthews said. “Women’s cricket right now is not what women’s cricket was I think eight or nine years ago. And I think that’s just the truth of it. I was pretty fortunate to come into cricket in a time where it was still growing and get the opportunity to play around the world and franchise cricket and kind of grow with the game.
“Whereas I think they’ve now stepped into women’s cricket in a place where it’s very difficult and probably the skill of the game is a lot higher as well. So I think that it’s going to be a tough time for them early on against really good teams. But at the same time, we’ve got to keep encouraging them and keep wanting them to get better and keep giving them the opportunity to do so as well.”
Matthews now turns her attention to the WBBL where she will play a huge role for Melbourne Renegades. She confirmed that her injured quad was fine after missing the first ODI and was ready to play a full WBBL campaign.
“It was just a grade one tear,” Matthews said. “But since that third T20 I’ve been in a pretty pain free zone and managing it pretty well. Hence the reason for me missing the first game but at the same time, I wouldn’t have come back unless I felt pretty fit to do so.”