ICC Champions Trophy: England, Bangladesh Aim To Banish Batting Blues In Opener

Paola Ditto
Giugno 2, 2017

The proof came as recently as Monday when, across London at Lord's, England collapsed to 20 for six in five overs - the worst start in one-day global history - against the South Africa new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell.

It's an unusual position for England's cricketers to find themselves in.

The opening batsman has passed 20 only once in his last eight one-day innings for England but this has not shaken the faith of Morgan, who also said he expects all-rounder Ben Stokes to bowl in Thursday's opening game against Bangladesh, at The Kia Oval. The last time the two teams met was a year back at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata when an inspired Indian attack took on their rivals in a World T20 match.

Australia must decide whether to unleash all of their fearsome foursome of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson in their Champions Trophy opener against New Zealand on Friday. "It should be a terrific spectacle", says Michael Atherton of The Times.

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

Google loves acknowledging little things, and the Google Doodle team is back with a neat cricket game to celebrate the launch of the one day global 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament. "With the amount of experience they have in the home season and the Indian Premier League (IPL), I think they are up for the challenge in England". The Jason Roy is under pressure due to his lack of runs at the top of the order and it may also force the team to choose Jonny Bairstow for England Playing XI. "I worked at the National Cricket Academy, went to UAE for treatment, came to England and eventually I have made my way back to full fitness", Sohail said. We also need to remember that the 2019 ICC World Cup is in England.

They bat deep and have plentiful bowling, he adds, but the biggest change has been mental. With the new ball, you can get swing it and pick up wickets. He did not touch it, nor did he pose with the trophy like his English counterpart Eoin Morgan, who appeared for the presser after Mashrafe and smilingly posed for photographs. However, they will have to be anxious about the manner in which they lost to the Proteas in the last ODI.

Even Geoffrey Boycott of the Daily Telegraph seems enthusiastic. It had to go. "It's a great place to play cricket", said Karthik, who didn't feature in an ODI since 2014.

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