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England Vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: It’s Jofra Archer Against Chris Gayle As England And West Indies Renew Rivalry

England and West Indies ended at 2-2 in their high-scoring five-match ODI series in February with one game being a washout, but their meeting in the 19th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will have extra Caribbean flavour with prodigious Barbados-born Jofra Archer turning up for the hosts

England Vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: It’s Jofra Archer Against Chris Gayle As England And West Indies Renew Rivalry
Jofra Archer and Chris Gayle will the main attractions of the England vs West Indies Clash in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 group match. | Composite: AP Photos
England Vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: It’s Jofra Archer Against Chris Gayle As England And West Indies Renew Rivalry
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2019-06-13T18:17:50+05:30

England and West Indies will carry their intense rivalry from the Caribbean into the Rose Bowl at Southampton on Friday with Barbados-born pace sensation Jofra Archer adding spice to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 contest.

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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.

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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.

"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.

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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.

Squads

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, 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, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

Match starts at 3 PM IST.

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