Eoin Morgan: “The wicket’s been uncovered, a lot of rain around, a bit of moisture,”. “The World Cup is all about turning up on the day and adapting to conditions. West Indies proved in home conditions that they are a very strong side.”
Jason Holder: would have liked to bowl first too… “We’re up for the occasion, we all know what’s at stake.”
Evin Lewis, Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel make it three changes for West Indies. Ashley Nurse, the spinner, misses out for an extra quick.
The weather in Hampshire has been miserable all week, so it’s a matter of sitting tight and hoping for clearest skies come to the toss on Friday. Quite how the pitch will have been affected is anyone’s guess – it hasn’t been seen for days. But given the life that West Indies’ quicks extracted in the 7.3 overs available to them against South Africa, it promises to be another bowl-first day.
Watch WI v Eng cricket highlights videos today – 19th match, ICC Cricket World Cup from The Rose Bowl, Southampton (England) Friday, 14-6-2019.
England won the toss and WI will bat first.
1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 Mark Wood.
West Indies team
1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Shimron Hetmeyer, 6 Jason Holder (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Carlos Brathwaite, 9 Shannon Gabriel, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas.