England and Bangladesh aim to banish batting blues

England and Bangladesh aim to banish batting blues

After sustaining a side strain during England's opener against Bangladesh, all-rounder Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the ongoing Champions Trophy.

"There's a lot of confidence in the dressing room, we back each other and it rubs off on everyone", said Root after title favourites England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, which will apply for an injury replacement, confirmed on Friday morning that the key seamer will play no further part in the two-and-a-half week tournament.

Bangladesh last played a series in England in 2010.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. Their first match, on Thursday, is against the team that boasts the best win-loss ratio in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. During the IPL, they began preparations for the Champions Trophy because the conditions in England are different from what they faced here.

It is hard to evaluate India's form in one-day cricket for the team has played so little of it in the recent past: only 27 matches since the end of the World Cup (Australia and England have played 42 and 41 respectively), and only three in 2017.

It did not do so at The Oval on Tuesday when, in their final warm-up match, Bangladesh collapsed to 22 for six on the way to 84 all out and a 240-run hammering by India.

As a host nation, England will be looking to win the tournament for the first time this year.

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The Champions Trophy offers Bangladesh the opportunity to assert themselves and to walk the talk that they can compete with the best and improve.

Question marks were raised when Yuvraj Singh was brought back to the national side in January for the limited-overs series against England.

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It is pertinent to mention here that, the hosts, England will face Bangladesh in the opening game of the tournament today at the Oval.

With a powerful batting lineup, including pugnacious openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales, Test captain Joe Root, Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, England usually score their runs rapidly.

Fast bowling is not a traditional strength of the Indian team but the emergence Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will leave India confident they can harness the swing friendly conditions in a bid to repeat their 2013 win.

Australia, who have a pace battery that includes Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson, are expected to top Group A. So it could be an interesting battle in the semi-finals with India. "The way they played in both the warm-up games, the batsmen are in good form, but the bowlers have been very ruthless", the former right-handed batsman added. "It's a lesson with the bat and ball - our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in", Morgan said. They will take the field as the sixth-ranked side, above both Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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