England vs West Indies: Calling West Indies a powerhouse isn’t as plausible as it were in the ’70s & the ’80s. However, there they are. The Calypso men have made an impression & how. They were humbled against a strong Australian outfit but there’s an uncanny premise to this West Indian side. Very seldom have the teams from the Caribbean Islands had a semblance about them in the recent World Cups. They certainly aren’t the favourites to win the title but the swashbuckling cricket they manage to produce can give even the best in the world a scare.
THE BATTLE OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
Speaking of the best in the World. England are the world’s no.1 ranked team in ODIs & if a survey were to be taken as to who the favourites are, they’d probably win that by a comfortable margin. The equation on the field though varies largely. West Indies can bowl fast, field like a team possessed & bat with sheer aplomb. They’ve played only 3 games so far & have managed to garner 3 points. A win against Pakistan, a defeat versus the Aussies & a point from the called-off games against the Proteas. They take on England in match 19 of the World Cup 2019. How will this heavyweight battle pan out for them? Of course, the rain gods have to stay away & as the forecast suggests, we just might get a full game. Yes! You heard it right.
Only Pakistan could manage to conjure a web around England & that’s the only defeat for the Poms in the 3 matches they’ve played. They’ve got some of the best strikers in world cricket & a testament to that would be their total scores. 311, 334 & 386. England are the Joe Frazier of the heavyweight world. Powerful, quick yet reckless at times. Well, the analogy will work brilliantly if they go on & win the World Cup. Who’s the Muhammad Ali to England’s Joe Frazier then? India perhaps? England are the favourites to win this fixture by a country mile but don’t take eyes off of the Caribbean boys.
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When: 14th June 2019, Friday
Where: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Kick-Off Time: 3:00 PM IST
England & West Indies have played the Limited Over Internationals 101 times with England winning 51 & the Windies, 44. At the World Cup, England have a 5 games to 1 advantage. In England out of the 39 games played, West Indies have won 15 & the home team, 22. Post the 2015 World Cup the Windies have struggled to beat the English legion. They’ve managed only 2 wins in 11 encounters.
The turf at the Rose Bowl is batting friendly & the wicket tends to hold its nature throughout the length of the games. Teams batting first have won 12 while the teams chasing have won 11 out of the 25 games played here. The most recent game here was played between England & Pakistan. England scored 373/3 & Pakistan almost chased it down. They scored 361/7.
Moeen Ali, who missed the Bangladesh match to attend his daughter’s birth, is likely to slot straight back into the playing XI. Mark Wood’s concern with his ankle will be looked upon & he’s likely to be rested.
Andre Russell was rested for the games against South Africa & his inclusion will entirely depend on how fit he feels on matchday. Evin Lewis was struck on the arm in practice but he’s likely to open the innings with Chris Gayle.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett/Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR (ENGLAND vs WEST INDIES)
Nicolas Pooran is an absolute rockstar. The left-handed youngster has got all the talent in the world & slowly but steadily he’s being able to channelize it rightly. The supple left-hander can strike lusty blows out of the park & with the utmost of ease. Pooran has scored 74 runs so far in the 2 games he’s batted. His strike-rate, a massive 134.54. 34* & 40 aren’t scores that might worry a team one might wonder. This boy wonder is one for the future & is one player to keep a keen eye on.
Jason Roy smashed a brilliant 153 against Bangladesh in England’s previous ODI. Roy has a strike-rate of 123.3 against the West Indies. His best against any opponent. Roy also averages 55.28 against the Caribbean lads & in current form he’s likely to score big, again. The powerful right-hander scores a boundary every 5.7 deliveries against the Windies. He’ll be England’s main man as far as getting to a rollicking start is concerned.
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