Date & Time: Friday, June 14, 15:00 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Rain Rain Go Away! All the cricketers want to play!
Rain has played spoilsport for past 7 days or so in ICC World Cup 2019 and it does seem to stop as there is a strong forecast of rain for Friday’s clash of England and West Indies. West Indies’ last game against South Africa was also washed out and they would be hoping to get some game time desperately.
Both Andre Russell and Evin Lewis who missed the previous game due to injury concerns are likely to be back for the West Indies. England will be hoping that Mark Wood will pass the fitness test today if not, Tom Curran is likely to make his World Cup debut which means Moeen Ali will once again be warming the bench.
Pace is expected to play a major role once again due to the low temperatures prevailing in the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton for the last 2 days. We can expect an almost similar track like the one used for West Indies Vs South Africa clash where only 7.3 overs were bowled.
‘The Universe Boss’ has made a sensational comeback to ODI cricket earlier this year. He has scored 424 runs in his 4 innings against England in the recent series at a staggering average of 106 and a strike rate of 134.18. He has scored 98 runs in 62 balls against Chris Woakes in 2019 ODI and if he manages to negotiate Jofra Archer, then we can expect another big knock.
Jofra Archer has been rightly predicted by many as the X Factor in England’s bowling attack and he did everything to prove them right so far in this edition of the World Cup. He is the leading wicket taker for England so far with 6 wickets in 3 matches. There has been too much talk about the pacer ahead of this game as he is about to face off against his native country for the first time in International level but we expect him to make a significant contribution for England.
Eoin Morgan was the second highest run scorer in England’s recent tour to West Indies with 256 runs in 4 innings. He has played more ODI cricket at this venue than any other player and has scored the most number of runs as well. His record at this venue read 610 runs in 12 innings at an average of 76.25
‘Sheldon Salute’ has been one of the major talking points ahead of this game as the England Coach Trevor Bayliss termed it annoying. The fact that an opposition coach is talking about it means that he has been amongst the wickets recently. He has a good outing in the recent series against England picking up 7 wickets in 3 matches.