Sun | Jun 13, 2021

Windies to target Archer

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:20 AM


Big fast bowlers from Barbados will be leading rival attacks in a crucial ICC Cricket World Cup encounter today: One for the Windies, and one for England.

Windies head coach Floyd Reifer says Barbados-born Jofra Archer “made his choice” when he moved to England.

Windies skipper Jason Holder, when asked if his fellow Barbadian would even make the cut for his team, described Archer as “English.” And so, of course, his answer was “no.”

Short-pitch bowling has become one of the hot topics of a World Cup that was supposed to be dominated by batsmen.

The more scorching the pace, it seems, the more interest.

Archer was a late inclusion in England’s World Cup squad on residency grounds, and lit up the tournament opener with three wickets in the win over South Africa at the Oval.

Not to be outshone, a quartet of big Windies quicks bounced out Pakistan for 105 in their opening win to set a distinctly 1970s and 80s-era Caribbean tone for the tournament. Pakistan rebounded by upsetting top-ranked England. The Windies followed up by having Australia reeling at 79-5 before letting the defending champions off the hook.

The scene has been set at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl for the pacemen, weather permitting. The Windies took two early wickets to have South Africa in trouble at 29-2 here on Monday before their match was washed out in the eighth over. The forecast is for the rain to clear by today.

England captain Eoin Morgan is expecting a barrage of short-pitch bowling and some big hitting from Windies opener Chris Gayle, just as his team faced in their most recent series in the Caribbean, which was split 2-2. England were bowled out for 113 in the fifth and final game on March 2, and the Windies raced to a seven-wicket win in 12.1 overs.

It was the only recent bilateral One Day International series England weren’t able to win.