World Cup 2019, England vs West Indies Buildup: England win toss, opt to bowl

World Cup 2019, England vs West Indies Buildup: England win toss, opt to bowl

World Cup 2019, England vs West Indies (Eng vs WI) Buildup: West Indies will look to make up for lost points due to rain, while England will look to consolidate their position for the semi-finals.

World Cup 2019, Eng vs WI Squad, Players List: England will be looking for their third win in the World Cup (Reuters)

World Cup 2019, England vs West Indies (Eng vs WI) Buildup: England will face West Indies in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday, where they would look to consolidate their position for the semi-finals in what would be their fourth match.

Apart from Chris Gayle, being in the limelight to finally get his form going, all eyes should also be on the mercurial batting lineup of England, consisting of Jason Roy, Joss Buttler, and Joe Root. Also, England’s Jofra Archer will be up against his country of birth and it remains to be seen how much of an arrowhead he can be against the ‘Universe Boss’ for his skipper, Eoin Morgan.

ENG vs WI Live score, Updates

Gayle was brilliant in the five-match ODI series against England earlier this year, notching up 424 runs in those games with a strike of 134.17 with two centuries and two fifties. If West Indies have to get their second win of the tournament after their match against South Africa was washed out, Gayle would be vital to them, along with the Carribean pacers Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas.

Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Jason Holder is still worried about the knee injury of Andre Russell which might keep him out of the clash.

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World Cup 2019, England vs West Indies Buildup:


England win the toss and opt to bowl first against West Indies in Southampton. For live score and updates, follow ENG vs WI LIVE

Weather update

The sun is out in Southampton! That's a very good sign, giving hopes of some cricket action today. 

WI Probable XI

WI Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

ENG Probable XI:

ENG Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood/Moeen Ali/Tom Curran

Weather report

ain could delay start, but unlikely to wash out the match between hosts England and West Indies. Read full report

Fingers crossed

Eoin won’t sing, but yeah boy he can play

latest obsession—actually an old one, but fished out again during the World Cup— is Eoin Morgan not piping the “God Save the Queen”. So The Sun, the paparazzi kings, ran a debate the other day: “Why doesn’t Eoin Morgan sing God Save the Queen?” Most of them pointed out to his Irish roots, while the more rabid ones claimed it was a political statement, a deliberate snub to the monarch. READ MORE

Wind alert in Southampton

Morgan knows what Archer's going through

"When you play against guys that you've played with at age-group level, it feels like a club game against your mates you've known for a long time, compared to playing against strangers. That's the different feel. Being in that position myself it does feel different. He won't know how it feels until he plays the game. If I feel the need (to speak to him) I will, but I haven't yet." 

Archer’s quiver full of harrows

If the whole of England is flattering Jofra Archer, the reddest, hottest property this World Cup, Barbados, his country of birth and where he imbued most of his cricketing lessons, is sulking. READ FULL STORY

England cricketers interact with youngsters


England clash with West Indies at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday in their fourth match as they hope to consolidate their position for the semi-finals. We bring you all the live updates off the field, weather update as well as the Predicted Playing XI ahead of the match.