Two most improved teams seek winning start - England v Bangladesh

  • Two most improved teams seek winning start - England v Bangladesh

Two most improved teams seek winning start - England v Bangladesh

Thankfully there was no lasting damage, but even if there had been, it would have had insultingly little impact on England's plans for the Bangladesh encounter, with Morgan also confirming that Ben Stokes is set to play as a batsman only if his dodgy left knee is unable to withstand the rigours of bowling.

"The bowlers were outstanding in the two games". The hosts - for once being tagged as the favourites, begin the campaign against Bangladesh - a team that's challenging themselves and the rest of the big boys with every passing series.

It all started as the Wills International Cup in 1998 in Bangladesh before it was renamed to the ICC Knockout Cup in 2000 and finally to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002. A click on the logo shows the batsman and bowler in action.

After their clash with Pakistan, India will take on Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 8 and 11 respectively.

While most teams will be busy playing in ICC Champions Trophy 2017, West Indies will be playing a T20 and ODI series with Afghanistan from June 3 to June 15.

Eoin Morgan has the unique distinction of being the first of only two players who has scored centuries for two countries - Ireland and England. The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years, their performance, they win nearly everything.

"And I believe that once they do that, they have got the ability and the potential to not only beat Pakistan but to also retain the Champion's Trophy", he added. Same happened in the warm-up match against Pakistan a few days before.

Classy Test captain Joe Root has the skill to adapt his game to all formats, while Stokes and Jos Buttler are two of the most exciting players to watch in full flow. And in both the games, India managed to bundle out the opposition inside 40 overs. They, however, will face stiff challenge from Australia.

Earlier, courtesy Tamim's ninth ODI hundred and a 166- run partnership for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (79 off 72), Bangladesh shrugged off the disappointment of a batting debacle against India in the practice game. Jason looked good in the nets, playing in his homeground - he should be back into form. He's a very important part of our side.

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has predicted the name of four teams that will carve their way to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Morgan, who remained unbeaten at the crease, smashed eight boundaries and two sixes in his 33rd half-century.

Bangladesh highlighted the issue of under-performing openers in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title-holders India's 324 for seven in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday.