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.


CARLISTA MOHAMMED captured her third title in successive days when the curtain fell on the National Tennis Championship yesterday at National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.

Immani Matthew, Jenique McLaren and Kymani Felix emerged as the standout athletes at the NGC/NAAA National Juvenile Track and Field Championships, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, on the weekend.

It’s not “do or die” for the West Indies but captain Jason Holder is hoping to celebrate his 100th One-Day International with a victory that would keep his team in the hunt for a semi-final place when their ICC World Cup campaign resumes today.

If the West Indies fall to Bangladesh today their World Cup is effectively over. Yes, mathematically they will still be in it and many diehards will be invoking the tired cliché of cricket’s glorious uncertainties.

AFTER playing the sixth and final match of the opening day after press time last night, Trinidad and Tobago will return first thing this morning (9 a.m.) in the Men’s Pan American Volleyball Cup in Mexico.