After a rain-marred encounter against South Africa which had to call-off, a vibrant West Indies team will take on the host England in their fourth ICC World Cup 2019 game at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. So far, Jason Holder & Co have bagged three points from three games and are currently at the sixth spot in the points table.
West Indies look to stun host
Meanwhile, West Indies’ bowlers might have lit up the tournament so far, but it was the lack of application on the batting front has hurt them. Their pacers started well against South Africa too, with Sheldon Cottrell picking up two early wickets before no further play was possible due to rain interruption. The batsmen will have to step up, to set it up for their bowlers who will be challenged by the never-ending English batting line-up.
Andre Russell is likely to have recovered from injury and will be available for selection against England who are a team to beat in this World Cup.
Here is the predicted playing XI of West Indies for match 19 of ICC World Cup 2019 against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton:
Chris Gayle boasts a remarkable record against England when both sides clashed earlier this year. The veteran cricketer will hope to replicate those performances and score big for his country.
Evin Lewis is an aggressive batsman and when on song, can destroy any bowling unit. He has been in and out of the team and will hope to seal his berth in the playing XI with a big score against England.
Shai Hope has come up the ranks in quick time and is one of the talented cricketers around. Hope, who is playing his first World Cup will aim to play some big knocks as West Indies eye for a top-four spot.
Nicholas Pooran has so far looked good with the bat in the World Cup. He has got starts in all the matches so far but has struggled to bat long. The southpaw will look to make them big and provide stability to the middle order.
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Shimron Hetmyer is yet to fire in the ongoing marquee tournament. The southpaw is one of the highly rated hitters of the cricket ball and will hope to showcase his talents against England.
Andre Russell has struggled with injuries which are taking a toll on his batting. The devastating all-rounder, when fit can destroy any team single-handedly with both ball and the bat. West Indies will hope for that day to come against the top-ranked England side.
Jason Holder has led the team from the front with contributions with both bat and ball. The West Indies skipper will hope to keep up the excellent work going deep into the tournament.
Carlos Brathwaite launched himself in international cricket with his spectacular hitting in the 2016 World T20 final but has failed to live upto the expectations. The management will hope Brathwaite to play one of those innings which, so far, has been mild in this World Cup.
Ashley Nurse is yet to make a mark of himself in the World Cup. The off-spinner will have to dominate the middle overs against a quality line-up if West Indies hope to return to winning ways. Besides, Nurse can also chip in with the bat, which will add value to the team.
More than himself, Sheldon Cottrell’s celebration has been a hit in the World Cup. The left-arm pacer will want to showcase his talent with the ball as the team from the Caribbean Islands look to surprise the hosts.
Oshane Thomas has bowled outstandingly well right from the start of the World Cup. Windies will forward to their tall and lanky fast bowler to deliver once again when they face England. Thomas will have to pick wickets early to keep the heavyweight English batters in check.