England and the West Indies will bring their fierce rivalry from the Caribbean to the Rose Bowl here on Friday with the sense of Jofra Archer born in Barbados adding spice to the World Cup competition.
Both teams ended up with 2-2 in the top ODI series of their five fights in February, with a game being a rinse. The series, which took place on the Caribbean Islands, saw spectacular performances by Chris Gayle, who broke up 39 seasons and gathered 424 tracks in four appearances.
"Boss Universe" will support himself for a boxing against England whose bowling attack has become more powerful with the addition of Archer. He has shot with fire and poison so far in the fight and the face with Gayle is what we have to watch out for.
Archer, who has played the lower cricket in the Caribbean and has the right to play in England just in April, is a well-known figure for the West Indies camp and knows what a 24-year-old is capable of.
"To be honest, we've known Jofra for a long time, it's from Barbados, wherever we are, we've been known by the U15s, U17s, U19s, so it's not new to us, that we are not familiar with it, we are looking forward to challenge and see how it will be on Friday, "said West Indies coach Floyd Reifer ahead of the game.
The West Indies also boast of their rhythm in their arsenal, adding to its enthusiasm what promised to be a scourge.
The team headed by Jason Holder would be hungry to take the fight after laundering against South Africa in the same venue on Monday. All-rounder Andre Russell, who had a chronic knee problem, did not get his name from the 11 who play against Proteas. It remains to be seen whether he will recover the full physical condition for the England conflict.
England also had problems with key player Jos Buttler who hit his right hip against Bangladesh, but coach Trevor Bayliss said he is expected to be fit for Friday's game. The unstable English weather is a constant concern in this World Cup, but the rain is predicted to stay away for most of the game.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moene Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas.
The race begins at 3 pm IST.