England Flog West Indies In World Cup Warm-Up

England have received a confidence boost ahead of their 2015 World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday after they scored a big win over the West Indies in a warm-up game at the SCG yesterday. Cricket World Cup

The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat, but they were in immediate trouble when English fast-bowler Chris Woakes dismissed both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo in the opening over.

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Opener Darren Smith (21) and Lendl Simmons (45) offered some resistance, but the West Indies were unable to form any meaningful partnerships and the side was bowled out for just 122; with Woakes taking 5/19 from his 7.3 overs.

England did not have the same problems with what was perceived to be a bowler friendly and they lost just one wicket on their way to a comfortable victory in just 22.5 overs.

The West Indies start their 2015 Cricket World Cup against Ireland at Saxon Field in New Zealand on Monday 16 February and could be staring down the barrel at a loss to the associate nation if they don’t produce an improved performance.

The dominant victory comes out at a key time for the English side who were heavily criticised for the way that they meekly surrounded for 166 in the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series Final against Australia on February 1.

Pakistan and Bangladesh also took part in a 2015 Cricket World Cup warm-up game in Sydney yesterday and both teams were able to take positives from the tightly contested game.

Bangladesh lost two early wickets, but were rescued by the partnership of Tamin Iqbal (81) and Mahmudullah (83) and the duo put on over 150 runs for the third wicket.

The lengthy partnership left Bangladesh in a position to score plenty of quick runs in their final ten overs, but they consistently lost wickets and were bowled out for 246; with Mohammad Irfan finishing with five wickets.

Pakistan also lost early wickets and they looked as though they were in trouble at 3-52 after 15 overs, but a professional innings from Sohabi Maqsood (93*)  was enough to steer his side to victory.

Pakistan will face arch rivals India in their opening 2015 World Cup fixture at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, in what is expected to be the most watched Cricket game of all-time, while Bangladesh get their campaign underway against Afghanistan on Wednesday February 18.

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