Weather continues to be dodgy in England, raising prospects of abandoned games. If we get a full game, match #19 between England and West Indies promises to be exciting. This match will be played at Southampton on Friday.
England have four points from three games, while West Indies have one less. The loser of this match will be under pressure in the semis race. Regardless, both sides have explosive batsmen and enterprising bowlers making this a must-watch!
Jason Roy has been exceptional for England at the top. With the usual aggressive starts and a firing middle-order, England remain a settled unit. All eyes will be on Jos Buttler, who had a hip problem in the previous game.
Mark Wood will sit out of this match, in all probability. Otherwise, England are currently in the best of their form and should fancy their chances. However, like they showed against Pakistan, the hosts are prone to batting collapses.
West Indies Preview
The Windies have been a treat to watch this tournament. The flamboyant batting combined with aggressive bowling makes them a dangerous side. The likes of Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer add a lot of weight with their presence.
What’s refreshing to see is the West Indies’ bowling. Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell have been keeping the batsmen on their toes. Regardless, the injury to Andre Russell keeps them anxious.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jason Roy has scored 215 runs this World Cup, at an average of 71.67 and a SR of 118.8. The opener has been hitting the ball well and will be key for England’s chances.
Jason Holder will have a lot riding on his shoulder. He has had success against the England players in the recent series back home. The Windies’ captain will hope that it continues in this match.
Sheldon Cottrell has caught the attention with his unique celebrations. The left-arm seamer will look to pocket more celebrations against England.
Moeen Ali could slot back in place of Wood.
England: 1 Jason Roy 2 Jonny Bairstow 3 Joe Root 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Ben Stokes 6 Jos Buttler (WK) 7 Moeen Ali 8 Chris Woakes 9 Adil Rashid 10 Liam Plunkett 11 Jofra Archer
Evin Lewis and Russell should be back for the Windies.
West Indies: 1 Evin Lewis 2 Chris Gayle 3 Shai Hope (WK) 4 Nicholas Pooran 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Jason Holder (C) 7 Andre Russell 8 Carlos Brathwaite 9 Ashley Nurse 10 Sheldon Cottrell 11 Oshane Thomas
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