England vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Match 19: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgHosts England will take on a resurgent West Indies in a clash of power-hitters in World Cup 2019 at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton on June 14. While England have been billed as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, their opponents on Friday are enjoying a thrill-ride at the tournament and have started looking as strong contenders for the semi-finals spots.Recent form:England beat Bangladesh in their last match to return to winning ways after being stunned by Pakistan in a high scoring match earlier. With 2 wins out of 3 games, the hosts are gunning for a 3rd victory to boost their chances of making it to the next stage.With the likes of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood setting the tournament alight with their high pace bowling, England have the attack to match the West Indies’ pace battery and cause a few problems to their batsmen.But West Indies have been buoyed by their dismantling of Pakistan in their 1st match before being brought down to Earth by defending champions Australia. Their last match against South Africa was washed out after just 7.3 overs bowled giving their star all-rounder Andre Russell more time to heal his troubled knee. It remains to be seen if and in what capacity he will feature against England.Pitch and conditions:It has been raining a lot in Southampton and it remains to be seen how the weather plays out on Friday. Though if rains permit play, given the conditions it would be wise to bowl first and look to make early use of the swinging conditions.advertisementENG vs WI: Predicted Playing 11sIn good news for England, Jos Buttler has been declared fit to play but there are some concerns with Wood’s knee which will only be clear before the game. Moeen Ali could slot back in the side in his place to partner Adil Rashid from the other end.For West Indies, Russell’s inclusion would be a welcome addition to the XI, only if he is cleared to take the field as WI would certainly not want to exacerbate their talisman’s injury. Evin Lewis, who missed the last match is also expected to be recalled into the team.England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer.West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmeyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan is a fighter and he will come back stronger, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sensible decision, says Virat Kohli after India-New Zealand match washed outlast_img

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