Hosts come up against World Cup dark horse
England were always expected to make the finals in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, their opponents the West Indies on the other hand had a lot less expectation riding on them. What the Windies delivered in their warm-up matches ahead of the 2019 World Cup left a lot of people speechless, all of a sudden they’ve been thrown into the mix to take out cricket’s most prestigious honor. All this talk about the Windies as cup contenders wouldn’t be sitting well with the hosts, it’s game on at The Rose Bowl!
Already establishing a solid core group of players in their starting XI in this year’s ICC World Cup, England sit in a very commanding position at the moment. Cleared of any major injury in England’s last match, Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler appears all set to take down an aggressive-Windies attack if required. Buttler’s past two scores of 103 & 64 confirms he’s in top form following his impressive stint in the IPL. There’s no hiding the fact that this batting line-up is one of the more impressive one’s in the tournament, that’s not to say it can’t be conquered. On the flip side, Windies seamer Sheldon Cottrell has been flat out not only with his soldier celebration, but taking wickets as well. Rain may have just cost the Windies a vital-win after they had the Proteas on the ropes early at 29/2. Star Windies all-rounder Andre Russell wasn’t named in their starting XI to face South Africa which was a bit of a concern given how injury prone he is, but whispers say he’s expected to be fit for this upcoming match against England.
This West Indies outfit aren’t afraid to ring the changes after dropping Evin Lewis after just one match and bringing back Darren Bravo at The Rose Bowl. The Windies have enough firepower themselves in the batting department to blow England away, consistency and temperament has always been a problem though. At 39-years of age, you’re not going to change Chris Gayle’s mindset which is fair enough, the man has been one of cricket’s greatest entertainers with his brute-power at the top of the order. It’s up to the rest of his teammates to add some continuity in this side, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer certainly have what it takes. With Gayle expected to not die wondering against a quality pace bowling attack, how the Windies go about approaching Jofra Archer and co. could determine the result of this match.
Top 5 fantasy picks – England
- Jofra Archer
- Joe Root
- Ben Stokes
- Jason Roy
- Jos Buttler
Wildcard pick – Eoin Morgan
Top 5 fantasy picks – West Indies
- Oshane Thomas
- Chris Gayle
- Jason Holder
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Andre Russell
Wildcard pick – Shimron Hetmyer
Predicted Team XI’s
England (possible) – 1. Jason Roy 2. Jonny Bairstow 3. Joe Root 4. Jos Buttler (wk) 5. Eoin Morgan (c) 6. Ben Stokes 7. Moeen Ali 8. Chris Woakes/Liam Plunkett 9. Jofra Archer 10. Adil Rashid 11. Mark Wood.
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Darren Bravo 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.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
“I’ve loved watching cricket since I was about 7 years old, my childhood hero was none other than Andrew “Roy” Symonds who probably enhanced my love of the game through the years”.
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