Strauss sees IPL as risk worth taking for England stars

Strauss sees IPL as risk worth taking for England stars

In the 2015 World Cup England made late changes replacing Alastair Cook as captain and parachute Gary Ballance in at No 3 a policy which turned out to be a disaster.

Some coaches might have urged their batsmen to exercise greater caution after they lost six wickets in the first 30 balls of an ODI and their tailenders were dismissed slogging with nearly 20 overs of their innings left unused.

Eoin Morgan's Twenty20 side looked set to be crowned World Twenty20 champions in India a year ago before Carlos Brathwaite's dramatic blitz in the final over from Ben Stokes gave West Indies a sensational victory in Kolkata.

Just over two years since a defeat by Bangladesh in Adelaide sealed their embarrassing first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup, England face the Tigers in the Champions Trophy opener at The Oval on Thursday with genuine optimism they can at last win a first major one-day global tournament.

"The decision will remain the same throughout the tournament", he said.

"I have been very impressed with Jonny Bairstow and he never lets us down", said Morgan. Shocked into a change of mindset by their wretched from in the tournament, they discarded their coach, several senior players (including their top wicket-taker, James Anderson, and top run-scorer, Ian Bell) and their old approach in reinventing themselves as an ultra-aggressive side who are committed to attacking with bat and ball as a default option. "And one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way that we play, and the freedom in which we play with, is backing that up with selection".

Eoin Morgan's men have come a long way in a short space of time since a humiliating first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand saw them labelled "an analogue team in a digital age".

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Bairstow's mood was not improved during England's morning training session, when he took a painful blow to the hand during a catching drill and was forced to leave the field for an ice pack. We will see how he pulls up tomorrow to see how much he will bowl. "It's a very unusual injury in that it's only in his delivery stride that he feels the pain".

It remains to be seen whether Stokes will be fully fit for bowling duty on Thursday, as he continues to battle a knee injury.

"Thankfully I don't think any of those injuries are of massive concern at this stage".

Hussain anticipates the bat sensors will prove of significant help to players trying to pinpoint reasons why they might have lost form, citing England opener Roy as a current example.

"If you're looking for positives out of it, absolutely".

"We need to bring our "A Game" if we're going to win this trophy". "When you play against one of the better sides in the world, you can be susceptible to things like that happening in given conditions". Yet the grounds we are playing at we have had good success.

"Having said that, the way Jonny is playing - and he has shown to us this year he can play at the top of the order - we're in a good position with someone who is ready and raring to go".

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