The daily tournament preview charges down the wicket with Cricket World Cup tips for hosts England’s curly clash with West Indies.
19:30 (AEST), Fri 14th Jun @ Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Hampshire
History: Played 101: England 51 V West Indies 44 (6 No Results)
Last meeting: March 2, 2019: West Indies d England by 7 wickets at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium
Final Thoughts: England and West Indies can both solidify a position near the top of the Cricket World Cup standings with a win on Friday.
England have won two of their three games to date. They hammered South Africa by 104 runs in the tournament opener but crashed to a 14-run loss against Pakistan.
The hosts regrouped with a 106-run win over in-form Bangladesh on Sunday. Jason Roy’s blistering 153 off 121 balls as England racked up 6/386. Jos Buttler chipped in with 64 off 44 and Jonny Bairstow notched a half-century. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer collected three wickets apiece as Bangladesh crashed to 286 all out.
Buttler picked up a hip injury in the match but is expected to face West Indies.
The Windies kicked off with a dominant seven-wicket win over Pakistan. But they were left to rue a lost opportunity in a 15-run loss to Australia. They let the Aussies off the hook, allowing them to post 288 after earlier having them at 4/38. Despite fifties from Shai Hope and Jason Holder, West Indies could only muster 9/273.
Their clash with South Africa on Monday was washed out after having the Proteas in trouble at 2/29.
England have won 18 of their last 21 completed ODIs against West Indies. But the nations drew a Caribbean-hosted series in February-March 2-all. Chris Gayle put together a staggering run of 135, 50, 162 and 77.
Gayle has been relatively well-contained at the Cricket World Cup, making 50 and 21. Expect him to unleash on England’s pace attack again.