In their previous match, Joe Root's unbeaten century and a brilliant all-round performance led Eoin Morgan-led England to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over West Indies in a one-sided match.
CHRIS WOAKES believes England have shown they have the flexibility to cope if injuries to Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy leave gaping holes in their tried and trusted batting line-up.
Jos Buttler is ready, willing and able to take over as England's World Cup captain next week but is crossing his fingers he will not be required.
Although Morgan said there has been no discussion of replacing Roy, he did not deny that Hales would be considered should the need for batting cover arise. So we'll see how he pulls up after that.
"You look over at where they are practising".
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"He's always calm. I have batted a few times with him in Test matches and he's a world-class player, so to watch him operate from the other end is great".
"I didn't really expect (to get so many overs)".
It is that flexibility and the quality of the players not now in the starting 11 including Tom Curran, Moeen Ali and James Vince that gives Buttler confidence.
"I don't feel I'm playing exceptionally well at the moment but I feel like I'm playing some good stuff and still loads of things that I want to keep working on, keep getting better and improving", he said.
"I don't think it matters too much who's the official vice-captain because we're a tight group who share ideas and are very good at sharing information and coming up with ideas", he added.
That would require another reshuffle of the order, placing an increased importance on the in-form Root.
But his four defeats included a shock loss to Bangladesh, so he will be wary of the possibility of presiding over another huge upset against Afghanistan at Old Trafford.
However, the players from the war-torn nation can take confidence from the fact that they nearly pulled off a win against Sri Lanka.
'It was probably one of his quicker hundreds and to do it they way he did was fantastic.
West Indies were all out for 212, with Jofra Archer (3/30) and Mark Wood (3/18) polishing off the tail and Morgan admitted that his 90mph bowlers make them stand out.
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