England's Jos Buttler expected to be fit for West Indies

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2019

England fast bowler Mark Wood could miss the World Cup match against the West Indies in Southampton on Friday following a recurrence of his longstanding ankle problems.

But if selected tomorrow he could do with striking with bat as ball after an underwhelming spell recently - he finished the Pakistan series in May with two ducks and has just 22 in two innings in the World Cup so far.

However, England also boast the likes of Mark Wood and Barbadian Jofra Archer, both of whom have consistently topped speeds of 95 miles per hour.

Some of the West Indies legends are hopeful the team can achieve glory again; but having seen the decline in the team's majesty from 2009, they remain cautiously optimistic while giving some advice for long term revival. "He'll be back and able to practice fully". Yes, he's bowling quickly, but there's nothing that we are not accustomed to. "To see the decline as a former cricketer is very hard to take".

The fact one of them is playing for England makes it more intriguing. "That is where the next set of cricketers are coming from".

"He made his choice", the former West Indies captain smiled.

On Archer, Wood added: 'It's a good competition between us. I used to do everything on my own without any money, no contracts, nothing. "It's a hard decision and I can't tell you right at this moment who would miss out". In the West Indies he was in great form, but you didn't know how he was going to play. "We have a lot of guys with experience in the Caribbean".

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.

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England bounced back from the loss to Pakistan by comprehensively beating Bangladesh as they racked up a stunning 386/6 to register their seventh score of 300+ in a row and break the record for most consecutive 300+ totals in ODI history, surpassing Australia's six in 2007.

England's Jofra Archer celebrates bowling out Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar during the ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match between England and Bangladesh at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, June 8, 2019.

In fact, he was recorded as bowling the fastest-ever opening spell by an England bowler in an ODI after averaging almost 91 miles per hour on a helpful wicket.

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