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  1. #161
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    Jason Holder insists Andre Russell’s fitness is a gamble worth taking, after the all-rounder pulled up with another injury in their eight-wicket defeat by England.
    The 31-year-old – who can reach 90mph with the ball and smack big scores with the bat – went off with a knee injury after bowling to Jonny Bairstow.
    He also left the field during their game with Australia, his troublesome knee again flaring up, and missed the washed-out match with South Africa on Monday.
    However, Russell is still a match-winner on his day and Holder is sticking by him.
    “It's been difficult so far for him,” he said.
    “We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult.
    “Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us.
    “We have just got to cope with him. We have got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park.”
    In order to reach the semi-finals, the West Indies will need him more than ever after suffering their second loss of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
    England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field, where they restricted the West Indies to 55/3 – with Chris Gayle holing out to Bairstow just inside the massive Hampshire Bowl boundary for 36.
    Shimron Heymyer (39) and Nicholas Pooran (63) dug deep and put on 89 for the fourth wicket but they both fell to Root in the middle overs.
    Jofra Archer and Mark Wood came back to dismiss the West Indies tail, restricting them to 212 all out, before Root spearheaded England’s run-chase with a majestic century.
    Holder and his men are back in action against Bangladesh in Taunton on Monday and he knows they have to win.
    “I think it would be very foolish not to be confident [we can reach the semi's]. There's still a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament. We have only played four games. There is a hell of a lot of cricket left to be played,” he said.
    “We have just got to be disciplined and make sure we come against Bangladesh firstly in our next game and make sure we beat Bangladesh.
    “We needed to make early inroads here. But we felt we had a really good chance at the halfway stage even though we felt we were still a few runs short.
    “Having said that, the way we have been bowling, we have been backing ourselves to get new-ball wickets. It didn't happen for us today, well played England.”



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    England captain Eoin Morgan admits he is a doubt to face Afghanistan after limping off against the West Indies with a back spasm.
    Morgan left the field in the 41st over of West Indies’ innings, joining Jason Roy on the treatment table after he earlier hobbled off with a hamstring strain.

    England did not require either of them, with Joe Root stepping into Roy’s shoes at the top of the order to strike his 16th ODI century – his 100 not out easing the hosts to an eight-wicket win, their third win at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

    “It is sore. I have had back spasms before and it normally takes a few days to settle down. It is unclear, we will know more in the next 24 hours,” said Morgan.

    “Jason had a tight hamstring and will go for a scan, it will be 48 hours until we know more. I think when any two players go down it is a bit of a worry but it is not panic stations yet.

    “You normally get a good indication the following day. If it settles down then the improvement is there straight away.

    “Like everybody, we have to see how it pulls up. We will see how risky it is and do a risk assessment going into that game, baring in mind we will have two games in a few days.”

    England still head to Old Trafford next Tuesday brimming with confidence, after they swept aside the West Indies with minimal fuss.
    Morgan won the toss and elected to field, pitting them against the dangerous Chris Gayle under cloudy skies.

    The opener threatened a big score when he clubbed five fours and one six but the Hampshire Bowl outfield is a monster and he hooked Liam Plunkett into Jonny Bairstow’s hands while trying to clear the ropes.

    Shimron Hetmyer and rising star Nicholas Pooran offered some resistance but Root accounted for them both with his part-time off-spin – demonstrating the strength in depth their possess.

    “This is a very good example of that and another would be in Sydney against Australia last year when Liam Plunkett went down in the first over he bowled,” Morgan added.

    “In the Champions Trophy against Bangladesh, Chris Woakes went down with a side strain. Strength in depth is something we have worked on in order to prepare for situations like this.”

    The West Indies were all out for 212, with Jofra Archer (3/30) and Mark Wood (3/18) polishing off the tail and Morgan admits his 90mph bowlers make them stand out.

    “It is one of the trends of the tournament we are fortunate we have three guys who touch 90mph,” he added.

    “It is something we are going to use and it is a strength of ours but we also have a very good leg-spinner and off-spinner.
    “Trends can change and later in the tournament the spinners might come into it.”
    Last edited by MenInG; 15th June 2019 at 13:37.



  3. #163
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    England [213/2] beat West Indies [212] by 8 wickets in 19th Match of 2019 World Cup

    With all due respect to this West Indies team, they´ve a long way to go before posing a real threat to any of the strong contenders of the ongoing World Cup. They do have a pace attack to surprise you, and all good if in the process they end up getting early wickets - they´re quite inexperienced after all - but it´s the batting that lacks the intent to bat out the 300 balls. Very poor display of batting from them.

    People had held high hopes from them following their thrashing of Pakistan, but we must never forget that the Pakistan team, especially its batting line-up, is very capable of making their opponents look world-beaters on any given day. They´re the best in T20I cricket though and there I´m a huge fan! But their ODI game requires a lot of work. They don´t possess much of a challenge for the top teams, sadly. Australia´s top and middle-order did collapse against them, but bear in mind how they were allowed steps back into the match by the West Indies. That match told a lot more than what people managed to read.


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    Just because they thrashed Pakistan. All of sudden, most on here thought Windies are world beaters. Windies are not a good ODI side, PERIOD. That win against Pak was more of Paks poor batting more than anything. But having said all of that, windies sure can ‘suddenly’ be so explosive at times, but even though they did against England in the home series they still lost 4-1. They are no top 4 contenders. Watch even Afghanistan will beat them!
    Last edited by MenInG; 15th June 2019 at 14:27.


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