The Latest: England wins toss, sends West Indies in to bat

England's Ben Stokes ahead of the match during the...

England's Ben Stokes ahead of the match during the...

West Indies' captain Jason Holder , left, and West...

West Indies' captain Jason Holder , left, and West...

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Day 16 of the Cricket World Cup (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

England skipper Eoin Morgan has won the toss and sent West Indies in to bat in a Cricket World Cup group game expected to start on time after a spate of rain interruptions or washouts at the tournament.

England retained the same starting XI which beat Bangladesh in Cardiff, with pace bowler Mark Wood passing a fitness test on his sore left ankle to take his place in the attack.

West Indies made three changes to the lineup that started in the game here on Monday against South Africa, which lasted only 7.3 overs.

The Windies have bolstered the pace attack by giving Shannon Gabriel his first start of the tournament at the expense of off-spinner Ashley Nurse. Andre Russell returns after being rested for the South Africa game and takes Kemar Roach's place, and Evin Lewis returns at the top of the order in favor of Darren Bravo.

Top-ranked England has two wins and a loss coming into the match at Hampshire's Rose Bowl. The West Indies have a win, a loss and a point from the washout against South Africa.

England and West Indies split a series 2-2 in the Caribbean. England's Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer will play for the first time against West Indies.


England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel.


9:30 a.m.

The sun was out in Southampton and the prospects for a Cricket World Cup game getting started were high.

After just one completed game since Sunday, top-ranked England and West Indies were meeting at Hampshire's Rose Bowl on Friday with hopes high of a result.

West Indies had to share the points here with South Africa last Monday, when only 7.3 overs were played before the group game was washed out.

Since then, games in Bristol and Nottingham were abandoned without a ball bowled and defending champion Australia got enough dry weather in Taunton on Wednesday to beat Pakistan by 41 runs.

England has two wins and a loss — against Pakistan — leading into Friday's contest against the West Indies, who beat Pakistan and lost to Australia before their washout against South Africa.

One of the highlights of the contest will be how Barbados-born Jofra Archer handles playing for England against the West Indies.

The forecast is for overcast conditions with a slight chance of rain in Southampton on Friday.


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