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West Indies 'just Another Game' for England's Archer

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Liam Plunkett

But having started their quest to win a first men's World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa at the Oval, they head into this weekend's clash on the back of a surprise 14-run defeat by Pakistan. It will be interesting to see how we go about it as a batting group to combat that.

The 24-year-old has already lit up the World Cup with his fearsome seam bowling, but West Indies boss Reifer remains unfazed. "We are here to entertain so the players come out and entertain us".

Bangladeshi bowling unit, which was a matter of concern for the team management before the start of the tournament, has done exceptionally well in their first two games against South Africa and New Zealand and Ashraful opined the Tigers to carry on on their good works.

"Nah, I never doubted myself", Archer said.

The right-handers were able to hit the ground running and the Bangladesh side is on the back foot now as England is looking good for a gargantuan score.

Plunkett missed the defeat at the hands of Pakistan as England brought in the extra pace of Mark Wood against an opponent that had looked uncomfortable against the short ball in their previous game against West Indies.

In glided Jofra Archer, firing down deliveries at 95 miles per hour (153 kph) - quicker than anyone at the Cricket World Cup.

It could well be a similar story at Sophia Gardens on Saturday, particularly as several players on both sides who featured in England's ill-tempered 2016 win over Bangladesh in Dhaka are likely to be involved again.

"He obviously had the pace". He had a few injuries as a young guy. Afghanistan's world class spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammad Naib can cause a flutter among the Kiwis, who looked shaky against spin in the Bangladesh game. And planning for the game last night, we were really looking forward to this game. "A lot of our guys have taken advantage of home comforts this week and we'll try and do the same after today's game".

"Yes, Andre will be fit enough for the game on Friday", he said.

"Games where we have been defeated heavily have been the ones where we learned the most. It's not just the West Indies, I've got a pretty good knowledge of most of the prominent batters".

West Indies might be a batting-heavy side but the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Russell and Jason Holder have done extremely well in the bowling department. Eoin Morgan and Co. had chased such scores in a 4-0 win over Pakistan before the World Cup.

England revived their title hopes on Saturday by crushing Bangladesh, posting their highest World Cup total to overcome their Bangladesh hoodoo in style. They see an exciting team the majority of the time.

"We were beaten by a better team in 2015". The wickets change, the batters change, conditions change.

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