Australia captain Aaron Finch smashed 153 against Sri Lanka at The Oval to record the joint-highest score of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Finch, who has also made the most runs in this tournament having accrued 343 in five innings, blasted five sixes and another 15 fours in a 132-ball knock as Australia piled on the runs.

The opener was eventually dismissed when he skied a slower ball from Isuru Udana straight into the air to give Dimuth Karunaratne a simple catch at cover.

That total meant the Australian emulated England opener Jason Roy's World Cup knock against Bangladesh one week ago, while Finch also equalled his own best ODI score having made an unbeaten 153 against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Finch had put on 80 with David Warner (26) in their opening stand before he combined in a third-wicket partnership worth 173 alongside Steve Smith (73), with Australia moving beyond 300 in the 45th over.

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has been found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council's code of conduct after showing dissent in Friday's defeat to England.

The all-rounder was given out caught behind off the bowling of Jofra Archer in the 44th over of West Indies' innings during the Cricket World Cup fixture in Southampton.

Brathwaite was clearly disappointed to be dismissed for 14 as his side were bowled out for 212, a total England easily overhauled with eight wickets and 101 deliveries to spare.

As well as an official reprimand, the 30-year-old received one demerit point for a level one breach. He accepted the sanction handed down by match referee David Boon, meaning a formal hearing was not required.

Players face suspension if they receive four or more demerit points within a two-year period.

West Indies are next in action in the tournament on Monday, as they take on Bangladesh at Taunton.

It was supposed to be the tournament for the entertainers to deliver a summer of sizzling sixes. Instead, it continues to be the quiet man from Sheffield who plots the way for England's potential success at the Cricket World Cup.

Joe Root added another century – this one unbeaten – to take his tally to 279 runs and make himself the leading scorer in the competition on his own terms. 

Finessed strokes, dancing feet, precision play. In a team filled with bravado with the bat, it is a hark back to yesteryear that saw him become the first English player to hit three hundreds in World Cups.

"He is the glue that holds everything together," said captain Eoin Morgan after the eight-wicket triumph over West Indies at the Rose Bowl on Friday, an impressive chase of 213 completed with almost 17 overs remaining.

"He never seems to go at less than a run a ball. You look up, he is going at more than a run a ball and it is exceptional to watch, so to see him come out and be in this form is brilliant."

This is not just an individual endeavour, though; a third hundred partnership so far in the tournament delivered alongside emergency number three Chris Woakes, after an earlier 95-stand with Jonny Bairstow – having been forced to open the batting following Jason Roy's unfortunate injury.

West Indies bore the brunt on this occasion, as they've done on multiple occasions before. Root has four centuries against them in ODIs - no other England batsman has more than two.

"He's a quality player," reflected West Indies captain Jason Holder. "He got off to a really good start, kept up with the momentum and played really well. Credit must be given to him."

And Root continues to shine, when needed to, with the ball as well. 

A pitch that surprised Morgan with the amount of spin on show saw him turn to Root's part-time off-breaks and the skipper was rewarded with two wickets, including the break-up of a major partnership.

"Typically he's got a golden arm and does take wickets, which is great," Morgan reflected with a smile that hid the pain of a back spasm that also forced him from the field.

"I kept speaking to Jos [Buttler] because I can't get an indication unless the ball beats the bat as to how much it's turning, but Jos kept saying, 'It is turning more than we think here, it might be worth a go.'

"So we spoke about it for a couple of overs and went with it for one, possibly two [overs], but he started brilliantly."

After a week of rain interruptions, the Cricket World Cup needed one of its shining lights to break through the gloom. And as the sun began to beat down on Hampshire, Root continued to leave his nation dreaming of maiden glory.

Eoin Morgan says he and Jason Roy should discover in the next 48 hours the extent of injuries they sustained in a Cricket World Cup hammering of West Indies.

Roy suffered a hamstring problem before captain Morgan damaged his back in the field as the Windies were bowled out for only 212 at the Rose Bowl on Friday.

Joe Root (100 not out) scored a second century of the tournament, having replaced Roy at the top of the order, and Morgan was not required to bat as Chris Woakes took advantage of being promoted to number three with an excellent 40.

After watching his side get home at a canter, Morgan said of his injury: "It's the back. It's a bit sore at the moment. I've had back spasms in the past and we have to see over the next 24-48 hours. 

"Jason Roy has potentially tweaked his hamstring. He's gone for a scan and we have to see it for the next 48 hours.

"Everybody in our squad is vital, and we don't want injuries."

Morgan hailed Root after he was untroubled in yet another classy knock.

He said of the Test skipper: "Joe has had an absolute day out. He's the glue that keeps the team together."

Barbados-born paceman Jofra Archer took 3-30 in his first match against the Windies and Mark Wood claimed brilliant figures of 3-18, with Root showing his all-round ability by holding two catches off his own bowling.

The hosts and tournament favourites are up to second after a third win out of four and face Afghanistan in their next match at Old Trafford next Tuesday.

 

Test skipper Joe Root powered England to a crushing World Cup victory over West Indies to soothe the pain of stricken one-day captain Eoin Morgan. 

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell became the third player forced to leave the field due to injury during Friday's Cricket World Cup game against England at the Rose Bowl. 

Putting extra effort into a short-pitched delivery that struck Jonny Bairstow on the helmet, the paceman fell in his follow through and had to be helped off the field.

So often a dynamite player for the Windies, Russell also needed treatment whilst batting after striking consecutive sixes, with additional support being given to his wrist.

Russell has been troubled by a knee problem, hobbling off in his side's crushing win over Pakistan.

England suffered their own injury problems during the West Indies innings of 212 all out - Jason Roy sidelined after feeling tightness in his left hamstring before captain Eoin Morgan's back spasms meant Jos Buttler had to step into the breach as captain.

Test skipper Joe Root moved up the order in England's run chase, with Roy unable to open.

England suffered a second injury blow in their Cricket World Cup match against West Indies as skipper Eoin Morgan was forced off.

The tournament hosts lost Jason Roy early in the day when the opener developed tightness in his left hamstring and left the field.

And although England looked set to limit West Indies, who were 211-8 after 43 overs, to a modest total at the Rose Bowl, another scare soon followed as Morgan also pulled up in discomfort while fielding.

Morgan appeared to hurt his left leg as he made his way to the stumps at the non-striker's end and hobbled off with the support of England's physio, meaning Jos Buttler took over as captain.

England confirmed Roy would not return to the pitch during West Indies' innings, which ensured he would be unable to bat higher than number seven in the run-chase.

The injury to Morgan appeared more concerning on first viewing and it remained to be seen whether his participation in future games would come under threat.

Jason Roy was forced to leave the field during England's Cricket World Cup clash against West Indies as he suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury at the Rose Bowl.

The opener, who came into the match in fine form after hitting 153 against Bangladesh in England's last outing, was in immediate discomfort chasing a single in the outfield, which left captain Eoin Morgan expressing concern for the 28-year-old.

James Vince - the only back-up batsman in England's squad - took Roy's place in the field.

If the injury keeps Roy on the sidelines, Vince would be the prime candidate to take his place at the top of the batting order alongside Jonny Bairstow in future matches. All-rounder Moeen Ali, left out for the second game running on Friday, is the other option should Roy be ruled out.

Mark Wood took his place in an unchanged England line-up after overcoming an injury concern ahead of their Cricket World Cup clash against West Indies, leaving Moeen Ali on the sidelines once again.

Wood had been doubtful for Friday's contest due to an ankle niggle, yet the Durham paceman was named in an unchanged line-up for the hosts, with Jos Buttler also fit to keep wicket following a hip injury.

Heavy rain throughout the week affected preparations at the Rose Bowl, but dry conditions were expected as Eoin Morgan elected to bowl first upon winning the toss, with all eyes on Jofra Archer as the Barbados-born paceman came up against West Indies for the first time.

The Windies made three changes to the side that briefly took the field against South Africa on Monday, with Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel and Andre Russell coming into their starting XI.

England were looking to maintain their impressive World Cup record against the West Indies. Since losing the 1979 final, they have won the following five matches between the pair and also count Hampshire as a happy hunting ground with four succesive victories under their belts.

Eoin Morgan has been assessing the dangers posed by their next opponents, the West Indies.

West Indies captain Jason Holder says the team will not veer away from their aggressive approach at the ICC World Cup.

Jofra Archer is set to take centre stage in the Cricket World Cup on Friday when England and West indies resume their rivalry. 

Barbados-born pace bowler Archer represented West Indies at Under-19 level, only to switch allegiances due to his British passport and residency.

The much-vaunted 24-year-old, who took 3-29 against Bangladesh on Saturday, only made his England debut in May but is already being viewed as a potentially key man in Eoin Morgan's squad.

His involvement looks certain to add further spice to what is already an intriguing duel, with West Indies having this year beaten England at Test level and drawn a five-match ODI series with them 2-2.

Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has been declared "fully fit" but pace bowler Mark Wood (ankle) faces a late fitness test. Moeen Ali is back with the squad following the birth of his daughter this week. 

Both sides will hope for an improvement in the weather conditions after Thursday's clash between India and New Zealand became the third match abandoned in four days.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

England have won two of their opening three matches, defeating South Africa and Bangladesh. Their only loss to date came against Pakistan, whom West Indies beat in their World Cup opener. Things have not gone to plan since, however, with a defeat to Australia followed up by their match against South Africa being rained off. 

WHAT THEY SAID

England skipper Morgan: "[Archer] won't know how it will feel until he plays the game. I think being in that position myself [being born in the Republic of Ireland] it does feel different the first time you play against a side that either you could have potentially played for or played for. But I'm sure he will handle it like he's handled everything else so far."

West Indies captain Holder: "I have seen Jofra over the years. He is obviously a Barbadian. He's grown up in Barbados playing cricket so what I'm seeing of Jofra doesn't surprise me. He is one of those guys who has always had ability and talent. It is just unfortunate how things went in terms of his decision making, but he is a good talent."

OPTA FACTS

- England have won 11 of their last 13 completed ODIs against West Indies (L2), however the Windies' victories in that run came when they met earlier this year.

- Chris Gayle (1,596) needs 24 runs in this match to become the leading scorer in ODIs between England and West Indies, Viv Richards is currently top of the list with 1,619 runs. 

- England have won their last five Cricket World Cup matches against West Indies, this after losing their inaugural meeting in the tournament (1979 final). 

- Buttler's highest ODI score in his 111 innings came against West Indies earlier in 2019, hitting 150 runs from 77 balls – a match in which a record 46 sixes were hit (England 24, West Indies 22).

After a convincing 106-run victory over Bangladesh, England will be up against a vibrant West Indies unit in their fourth match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

After a shocking defeat to Pakistan, England aced every department against Bangladesh, as they first put up 386/6 on board and then bundled them out for 280 in the 49th over. The openers, determined not to fall into the trap of spin bowling, gave a perfect start, as Jason Roy stroked his way to 153. While Stokes has been giving some priceless overs with the ball, Moeen Ali is likely to return in the playing eleven, considering the number of left handers in the West Indies line-up.

On the other hand, the West Indies' bowlers might have lit up the tournament so far but it was the lack of application on the batting front that cost them the game against Australia. Their pacers started well against South Africa too, with Sheldon Cottrell picking up two early wickets, before no further play was possible due to rain interruption. The batsmen will have to step up, to set it up for their bowlers who will be challenged by the never-ending English batting line-up.

Once their very own, now their adversary, Jofra Archer will look to defy Chris Gayle and others, promising an exciting contest within a contest at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday.

Key Players

Eoin Morgan (England): The England captain is yet to produce an innings that would match his stature in the tournament so far. Morgan, who averages 76.25 at the Hampshire Bowl and was the highest run-scorer for England in the ODI series against West Indies earlier this year, might be the biggest threat to his opponents on Friday.

Chris Gayle (West Indies): Chris Gayle had lit up the tournament with a power-packed 50 against Pakistan but could last only till the fifth over against Australia. The Universe Boss relishes batting against England averaging 51.42 against the hosts, contrary to his career average of 38.14 and will look to stamp his authority early on in the innings.

It would be a cloudy start to the day which would assist the fast bowlers early on, tempting the captains to field first. The afternoon will see rain becoming a bit showery with some brighter spells developing later.

Squads

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

England defence coach John Mitchell has extended his contract until 2021 and Eddie Jones intends to stay on as head coach for another two years.

Mitchell was appointed by Jones last September after the Rugby Football Union (RFU) agreed a compensation package with Super Rugby franchise the Bulls.

The New Zealander is reportedly a contender to replace Jones, whose future has been the subject of speculation.

RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney on Thursday revealed that Australian Jones plans to see out his contract.

"We have extended John's contract consistent with Eddie's, so it goes through to June 2021," said Sweeney. "Eddie has reconfirmed his commitment to stay through to 2021.

"The focus is on the World Cup and then making sure we get our plans in place post-World Cup.

"We've already started conversations of what the coaching structure will look like coming back from Japan, and Eddie has a number of names in the frame.

"We haven't approached them yet, and we wouldn't contract anyone pre-World Cup, but he has in mind how he would like to structure that when back from Japan."

England fast bowler Mark Wood faces a late fitness test ahead of Friday's Cricket World Cup meeting against West Indies - but wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been declared fully fit.

Wood has reported discomfort in his ankle following Saturday's win over Bangladesh and, given his history of injury problems in that department, could be rested.

Buttler, meanwhile, aggravated a hip problem while batting in the same game, but has received the all-clear to play.

"Jos is fully fit," skipper Eoin Morgan said. "Mark Wood is going to have a fitness test in the morning.

"It's nothing too serious. He pulled up a little bit sore from the game in Cardiff so he is the only concern at the moment.

"His ankle is a little bit sore, I think it [resting him] depends. We haven't bowled pretty much for two days, or he hasn't bowled, so he will have to see how he bowls and if it is still sore, we probably won't take a risk."

Moeen Ali is back with the squad following the birth of his baby daughter on Wednesday and he could replace Wood after being stood down for the previous match as the second spinner.

"[We'll see] whether we feel we might go with four [seamers], like we did in Cardiff, or two spinners might be more effective," Morgan added.

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