Playing with idol Gayle is still a dream for rising star Hetmyer

Evis Lewis

With that being said, I am inclined to go against the bookies and predict that West Indies will clinch the victory.

At 6ft 6 in, Shaheen offers a wicket-taking threat with his steep bounce while Hasnain promises to be a surprise element for the opponent with his sheer pace, sending down thunderbolts at 150 kilometres per hour (93 miles per hour). Out of these, Pakistan suffered defeats in 11 matches and also had one no result.

Jason Holder won the toss and opted to field at the Trent Bridge against Pakistan. Earlier this month, they were creamed 4-0 in a five-match series by hosts England.

All eyes will be on Wahab Riaz, who was recalled to the Pakistan squad after two years as a surprise inclusion but made a captivating return in the warm-up game against Afghanistan, grabbing two wickets at the death. Speaking to media on Thursday, Ahmed declared Pakistan would seek inspiration from their performance in the Champions Trophy in England two years ago when they recovered from a awful start to win the tournament. "We have been traditionally a good tournament team so hopefully we can win the third World Cup", Brathwaite said. This suggests that West Indies and Pakistan could produce the first of many big scores being posted at this ground in the coming weeks.

West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer says Chris Gayle is in the "best form" of his career and hopes his teammate reconsiders his decision to retire from one-day internationals after the Cricket World Cup. "Andre Russell has taken his game to a new level - he is the all-rounder I would keep an eye on in this World Cup", he said. Their mammoth 421 against New Zealand in their last official warm-up in Bristol last Tuesday served as a timely reminder of the Caribbean side's ability and at Trent Bridge where there have been several large totals this season, expectations are already high. "I would be not hitting four sixes again maybe but I am happy to be the one who comes in and takes crucial wickets or scores important 20 or 25", said Brathwaite.

England have been seen as the likeliest to break the 500 barrier after they bludgeoned a record 481 for six against Australia previous year. "In the past, we've been a bit inconsistent and just generally when you're just sitting back and analysing the game, we just want to be ticking our box in terms of being consistent and being ruthless", he added.

"You need more of these contests to make cricket attractive globally".

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has tipped West Indies, winners of the tournament from the outset in 1975 and 1979, to spring a few surprises with their batsmen.