Oshane Thomas

FAST AND HOSTILE: West Indies’ 22-year-old fast bowler Oshane Thomas, left, does stretching exercises during a training session at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, southern England on Sunday, ahead of their World Cup match against South Africa. 

HOSTS ENGLAND are not having any sleepless nights over West Indies’ pace attack.

In fact, head coach Trevor Bayliss said yesterday the tournament favourites were quite capable of handling the hostility from the likes of Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell when the two teams clash at the Hampshire Bowl today.

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

Thomas, Cottrell and all-rounder Andre Russell have all bowled aggressively in the World Cup with good effect and have given West Indies excellent starts in their three games so far.

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