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Last Updated : Jun 13, 2019 10:47 PM IST | Source: PTI

England vs West Indies World Cup 2019 preview: Where to watch live, team news, possible XI and betting odds

Both teams ended at 2-2 in their high-scoring five-match ODI series in February with one game being a washout.


England and West Indies will carry their intense rivalry from the Caribbean into the Rose Bowl on June 14 with Barbados-born pace sensation Jofra Archer adding spice to the World Cup contest. Both teams ended at 2-2 in their high-scoring five-match ODI series in February with one game being a washout. The series, which took place in the Caribbean islands, saw sensational performances from Chris Gayle, who smashed as many 39 sixes and amassed 424 runs in four innings.

The 'Universe Boss' will be backing himself for an encore against England whose bowling attack has become more potent with Archer's addition. He has bowled with fire and venom so far in the competition and his face-off with Gayle is the one to watch out for.

Archer, who has played his junior cricket in the Caribbean and qualified to play for England only in April, is a familiar figure for the West Indies camp and it knows what the 24-year-old is capable of.

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"To be honest, we knew Jofra for a long time. He is from Barbados, where we are from. We knew him from the U15s, U17s, U19s so he is not new to us. Yes, he's bowling quickly, but there's nothing that we are not accustomed to. We are looking forward to the challenge. So we will see how it goes on Friday," said West Indies coach Floyd Reifer ahead of the game.

West Indies too boast of express pace in their arsenal, adding to the excitement of what promises to be a mouthwatering battle.

The Jason Holder-led side would be itching to take the field after a washout against South Africa at the same venue on Monday. All-rounder Andre Russell, who has had chronic knee issues, was not named in the playing eleven against the Proteas. It remains to be seen if he regains full fitness for the England clash.

England too had their fitness issues with key player Jos Buttler hurting his right hip against Bangladesh but coach Trevor Bayliss said he is expected to be fit for Friday's game.

The fickle English weather has been a constant concern in this World Cup but rain is predicted to stay away for the majority of the game.

England  and West Indies Squads:

England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes,James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

West Indies: Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle,Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (WK), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

Where to watch live: The match starts at 3 pm IST. It will be broadcast live on the StarSports network in India. Online viewers can log in to Hotstar for all the live action.

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Hampshire.

Pitch Report and conditions: The highest recorded total at his venue was set by England earlier this year against Pakistan when they hit 373/3 in May. A flat deck with some bounce is expected for this encounter.

Team News:  Jos Buttler did not keep wickets after hurting his hip in England's previous match. Jonny Bairstow kept wickets in that game but Buttler is likely to return to face the West Indies. Moeen Ali missed the previous game for the birth of his child but will return to the squad for this game.

Possible XI: 

England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Kemar Roach.

Betting Odds (bet365)

England: 1/3

West Indies: 12/5

Other popular bets on the match can be checked on Oddschecker.

Prediction

England have been in dominant form and will be expected to win this game. However, the West Indies are a formidable opponent and will give the Three Lions a tough fight.

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First Published on Jun 13, 2019 06:38 pm
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