What is the latest team news?
England are optimistic over Jos Buttler’s fitness ahead of Friday’s clash.
Buttler hurt his right hip while batting in England’s previous match against Bangladesh, hobbling for the remainder of his knock and passing on wicketkeeping duties to Jonny Bairstow for the second innings.
Should he respond badly to his outing in the nets, or if England merely decide to err on the side of caution with one of their star assets, Hampshire’s James Vince would be the likeliest pick in his role as spare batsman.
All-rounder Moeen Ali is also eyeing a return to the XI after sitting out the 106-run victory over the Tigers in Cardiff.
Moeen was excused from training on Wednesday after the birth of his new baby daughter, Haadiya.
What are they saying?
Chris Gayle will “relish” the chance to take down England quicks Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, according to West Indies bowling coach Corey Collymore:
“Chris thrives on it. I have known him since he was 16 and he has always loved a challenge.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
England coach Trevor Bayliss believes it would only be normal if the stakes were slightly elevated when Archer faces West Indies:
“He’s looking forward to it, obviously knows a few guys in their team.
“It’s always bragging rights: both sides of the argument would like to gain the upper hand in that argument. Let’s wait and see.
“It will be the first time he has come up against those guys, but I am sure he is wishing to do well. I am not sure he could be any more confident – he is a confident young man who has fitted into the group very well.
“He is a typical young fast bowler: he wants to bowl fast, he wants to take wickets and that has to be a good thing for England.”
What are the odds?
- England 1/3
- West Indies 5/2