SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Eoin Morgan opted to bowl first of their World Cup match in opposition to the West Indies on Friday, unleashing Barbados-born Jofra Archer beneath heavy cloud cowl in Southampton.
The event hosts had been unchanged from the staff that beat Bangladesh of their final outing however West Indies made three modifications.
Evin Lewis and Andre Russell return from harm for the Caribbean aspect whereas quick bowler Shannon Gabriel makes his first look of the World Cup.
Darren Bravo, Ashley Nurse and Kemar Roach miss out.
“The wicket has been beneath covers for the final 24 hours and we predict there could be a little bit of moisture in early on, so hopefully we are able to benefit from that,” mentioned Morgan.”
West Indies captain Jason Holder mentioned he would even have chosen to bowl first had he received the toss.
“It’s a possibility for our guys to get some runs,” he mentioned. “I might’ve preferred to bowl first on a recent wicket.
“We’re up for the event, we all know what’s at stake. We’ve deliberate properly and everyone seems to be up for it.
“It’s a matter of adapting to the people we’re enjoying in opposition to. It’s all concerning the floor as properly.”
Three of the previous 4 matches on the World Cup in England and Wales have been wrecked by rain, with groups compelled to share a degree apiece.
Organisers shall be determined for the event to regain momentum with some huge matches arising, together with India v Pakistan at Outdated Trafford on Sunday.
England have two wins and one defeat whereas the West Indies have a win, a defeat and a no end result to this point.
All 10 groups play one another within the round-robin part to find out the 4 semi-finalists.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wooden
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wkt), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (capt), Andrew Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel