Familiar foes meet at the Rose Bowl on Friday as England play their fourth match of the World Cup against West Indies.
Both teams have plenty of firepower, playing out a high-scoring ODI series in the Caribbean over the winter and more of the same is likely down in Hampshire.
After a sluggish loss to Pakistan, the hosts got their campaign back on track with their 106-run win over Bangladesh on Saturday.
Success on Friday at 2/7 puts them halfway to the semi-finals but the Windies are a fine outfit and will be raring to go after rain ruined Monday’s clash with South Africa.
Jason Holder’s team opened their tournament with a victory over Pakistan and stayed in Nottingham for their narrow loss to Australia.
Trent Bridge is a ground that suits them with the small boundaries but the bigger playing surface in Southampton may see their occasionally erratic fielding exposed.
The Caribbean side have big-hitters galore though and whoever bats first is expected to set a big target.
England scored 373-3 in their 50 overs at this ground against Pakistan in the ODI series ahead of the World Cup, mostly thanks to 110 off 55 balls from Jos Buttler.
The wicket-keeper/batsman seems to have recovered from a hip injury suffered when scoring 64 off 44 balls in the win over Bangladesh and there is reason to believe he will go hard in this one having already notched a century in this tournament against the Green Caps.
With six wickets so far in the World Cup, Oshane Thomas has looked particularly sharp amongst the emerging Windies’ attack.
The 22-year-old has taken 15 wickets in just seven innings this year to make him his side’s leading bowler in 2019 and is one to watch at the Rose Bowl.
Despite not getting his tournament truly underway, Chris Gayle is always dangerous and he scored an incredible 424 runs in that series against England in the Caribbean earlier in the year.
While his tally of 71 from two innings is not particularly impressive, scoring those runs at a strike rate of 139.22 provides a bit more respect and taking on the hosts is the type of stage that Gayle will relish.
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