England´s Buttler set to face West Indies in World Cup clash

Mark Wood and Jofra Archer of England during a England Nets Session at Cardiff

Mark Wood left and Jofra Archer are inspiring each other to bowl faster and faster for England in the World Cup Credit Alex Davidson Getty Images

"We can handle anything that is thrown at us", he said.

Buttler hurt his right hip while batting in England's win against Bangladesh, hobbling for the remainder of his knock and passing on wicket-keeping duties to Jonny Bairstow for the West Indies innings.

"He could have kept in last game but wasn't confident sprinting after a catch so we thought we would be careful preserving him for the rest of the tournament". "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".

Tomorrow's match at The Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire, England will determine if the Windies odds improve.

"I have not seen too many with express pace here just yet, but we have a couple of good ones too, so I expect it to be tit for tat". "But I'm fully expecting him to play a full part", he said.

Buttler has been in fine form at the World Cup, with scores of 18, 103 and 64 all coming at punishing strike rates.

His off-breaks were deemed surplus to requirements in a seam-heavy attack at Sophia Gardens, but he could come back into consideration in Southampton.

Friday's clash is likely to be a bouncer barrage, with both teams boasting aggressive bowling line-ups.

Barbados-born Jofra Archer was a late inclusion in England's squad after qualifying on residency in March.

The West Indies have had plenty of choice in the pace department, with skipper Jason Holder working with Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite to bounce out Pakistan for 105 and then cause defending champion Australia all kinds of trouble early before slipping to a 15-run loss.

"We got a taste of that in the Windies on the recent tour". Wood and Archer both topped 95mph during the win over Bangladesh at the weekend, and are spurring each other on as they each seek the accolade of the World Cup's fastest bowler. But I can remember getting Darren Bravo and Hetmyer out to short balls so it is a good thing we can fight fire with fire. 'When real pace bowling is on show, it definitely ruffles a few feathers and can change the momentum of the game.

That head-to-head will continue throughout the competition, with the Durham man not minded to back down. 'You have banter about it for sure, but you're helping each other.

"I'm trying to bowl 0.1 miles per hour quicker than Jofra and he's trying to bowl 0.1 faster than me".

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