Chris Gayle will “relish” the chance to take down England quicks Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, according to West Indies coach Corey Collymore.
Gayle is due to retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup and is eager to bow out on a high befitting his self-appointed “Universe Boss” moniker.
The 39-year-old proved there was plenty left in the tank when England toured the Caribbean over the winter, smashing a record 39 sixes in a drawn five-match series.
The teams reconvene at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday, when Gayle can expect to be faced with a barrage from Barbados-born Archer and Durham’s Wood.
Both men have hit 95mph since the start of the tournament, and Archer is a new addition to the England side, but very little worries the big-hitting Jamaican.
“Chris thrives on that. I have known him since he was 16 and he has always loved a challenge,” said Collymore, the Windies bowling coach.
“He has always enjoyed the challenge of fast bowling so I expect him to relish that. I have known Archer for a while and I saw Wood in the Caribbean last year.
“They are both very impressive, as we have seen throughout this tournament.”
Archer might well have raised the West Indian attack to a new level had they persuaded him to pursue an international future with them, but even in his absence they are no timid prospect.
In Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell and Shannon Gabriel they have four seamers capable of making the batsmen hop, leaving Collymore to predict a fiery encounter.
“I did work with him (Archer) when he was a lot younger in Barbados. He was very impressive, the skills he shows now are ones we always had so we are expecting more of the same from him,” he said.
“But we have quick bowlers too so it should be a lively game.
“I don’t think many people like the short stuff, whether it is England or the West Indies. If you find a batsman that has a weakness to it, then you go after that.”
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Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed that India will miss opener Shikhar Dhawan at least for the next three matches of the 2019 World Cup as India prepared to play New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday.
Bangar said that India have not changed their preparations for the Kiwi clash even though they were thrashed by the Black Caps in the warm-up game.
“Look, every match is challenging, there are no easy matches here at this World Cup and in this format particularly,” Bangar said.
“That way nothing changes much for us, albeit the team we are facing is New Zealand or for that matter any other team. “
Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir entered the 2019 World Cup with serious question marks over his bowling form and even his place in the team after struggling to pick up wickets for most of 2018 and also finding himself dropped for poor form.
But the left-arm pacer was still selected due to the experience he brings to the table and also his success on previous tours to the UK. On Wednesday, Pakistan’s decision was proven to be 100 per cent right as Amir made up for a horror bowling effort by the rest of the Pakistan attack by picking up his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs against Australia in Taunton.
Amir finished with excellent figures of 5-30 in overcast conditions even as Australia ended up scoring 307 in 49 overs. If not for Amir, Pakistan would have easily conceded 350.
Mohammad Amir conceded just one boundary in his 10 overs spell and none off his last 41 balls. 10-2-30-5 is the most economical ten-over spell by a Pakistan pacer in four years. #AusvPak— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 12, 2019
Runs conceded: 30
It was a masterclass on how to bowl in overcast conditions in England. Amir retained his zip and late swing throughout the 10 overs, using subtle variations to get the most out of the helpful conditions. It was imperative to keep things simple and Amir did that beautifully. Unfortunately, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali went for pace without any direction and ended up going at seven an over. If only they had learned from Amir.
Amir read the conditions perfectly and realised it was a case of less being more. With enough help on offer, a quality swing bowler like Amir didn’t need to try a lot of things. His death bowling was even more sensational as he scythed through the middle and lower order to pick up a thoroughly deserved five-wicket haul.
Personally, it was a superlative effort from Amir. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed couldn’t have possibly asked for more. However, being the leader of the attack, maybe Amir could have guided fellow quicks Shaheen and Ali better with regards to their lines and lengths. Maybe he did and it just didn’t work on Wednesday.