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England vs West Indies | Trevor Bayliss Unimpressed with 'Sheldon Salute'

West Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell has been creating a buzz in the ongoing World Cup, not just because of his brilliant bowling but for his flamboyant celebrations, known as the 'Sheldon Salute' which he does after taking a wicket.

IANS |June 13, 2019, 4:03 PM IST
Sheldon Cottrell provided the early breakthrough getting rid of Martin Guptill.

West Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell has been creating a buzz in the ongoing World Cup, not just because of his brilliant bowling but for his flamboyant celebrations, known as the 'Sheldon Salute' which he does after taking a wicket.

However, England coach Trevor Bayliss is not amused by the 'Sheldon Salute'.

Bayliss said on Wednesday that the signature celebratory salute of Cottrell annoys him more than anything else.

"If you're older than about 40-years-old it p----- you off," Bayliss said on Wednesday ahead of England's encounter with West Indies to be played on Friday.

"But every team has their way of celebrating and I'm sure other teams might not like the way we celebrate. In the end, it's a young man's game. It's all entertainment. If it gets a bit of a laugh or a smile on people's faces so be it," he added.

Cottrell celebrates every dismissal of his with a short march and a salute to the pavilion as a tribute to the Jamaican Armed Forces. He is a soldier in the Jamaican Defence Force.

"It's a military-style salute. I'm a soldier by profession. Me saluting is just to show my respect to the Jamaica Defence Force," he was quoted as saying to the BBC earlier this year.

"I do it every time I get a wicket. I practised it for six months when I was training in the army," he added.

England, with two wins in three matches, are sitting at the third spot in the points table whereas West Indies are at the sixth position with three points. Both sides will face each other in Southampton on Friday.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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