Losing to Bangladesh not a 'shock', says England's Plunkett

Thursday, 13 Jun, 2019

Cardiff has proved seamer-friendly so far in this year's World Cup, New Zealand's bowlers exploiting the conditions well to down Sri Lanka before the latter did the same to see off Afghanistan.

But the fast starts have been checked with South Africa, in the opening match of the tournament, handing the new ball to leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who dismissed Bairstow for a duck.

Play being halted by rain can sometimes lead to recollections of tournaments gone by and on June 7 in 1975, a pair of cricketers by the name of Dennis left their mark on the inaugural staging. We got a taste of that on the recent Caribbean tour and one of the things we spoke about in St Lucia - when we were bowled out for 113 - was that the pitch had tennis-ball bounce and if we come up against it again we will play some smarter cricket.

The Independent's Rory Dollard said Archer "produced extreme pace without breaking sweat and forced (Jonny) Bairstow into respectful retreat - the gloveman standing closer to the boundary than the stumps".

We have to play at our best to beat this England team.

Archer - English cricket's hottest new star - is the jewel of the attack and there's a sense he is warming up nicely three games into the tournament, picking up three wickets against South Africa and Bangladesh either side of a 0-79 showing in England's surprise loss to Pakistan. England escaped after taking an extra 19 minutes to get through their overs in Nottingham because of various dispensations allowed by the umpires.

"Jofra is a tremendous talent, we all know that".

"He obviously had the pace [to play global cricket]". If you see in the last series, Pakistan almost scored 350 plus in all the matches and nearly did the same in the World Cup match, ' he said.

It ruffled a few feathers, with Archer parachuted in at the expense of players who have helped lift England to the top of the ODI rankings in the four-year cycle between World Cups.

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

"The Windies in this World Cup have come with a clear game plan and that is a lot of short stuff".

"Games where we have been defeated heavily have been the ones where we learned the most".

"We're very, very optimistic that the treatment that he'll get this week and the way that he can recover well".

"We still managed to stay in the game, we remained in a headspace where we still believed in winning the game".

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. Roy, who made 153, played a key role in his side's victory over Bangladesh by 106 runs.

"He picked up a little injury, as you all saw in that game against England", Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes told the media.

"Wickets changes the tempo of the game".