Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England's paceman ruled out of Champions Trophy

He signalled his readiness for a recall by claiming three wickets for England Lions against South Africa A on Thursday.

Against the backdrop of Tamim's innings, which accelerated after he passed 50, was regular confrontations with Stokes - a repeat of the pair's clash during the one-day game in Dhaka last October.

Joe Root scored a magnificent hundred to get England's Champions Trophy campaign off to a winning start against Bangladesh.

Dependable Joe Root (133 no) and stylish half centuries by Alex Hales (95) and captain Eoin Morgan (75 no) England made a mockery of this target by crossing the finish line with 8 wickets and 16 balls to spare.

Tamim skied Liam Plunkett to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Mushfiqur was caught in the deep for 79 off the next ball, allowing England to restrict the boundary flow in the closing overs and keep the Bangladesh total down. But it didn't come in the way of himposting his score in ODI cricket.

Meanwhile Root suffered a calf injury while batting.

Root too was clearly inconvenienced by what appeared at first to be an ankle twisted as he set off for a run, but the Yorkshireman later said "It's all right - it looks like it's just a bit of cramp ..."

After the batsman crossed, Mushfiqur then made a decision to also try and launch Plunkett but only picked out Alex Hales at deep long-on as he walked back to the dressing room for 79. "We knew if one of the top four were not out we would be in a good position".

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The opener would have the last laugh, going onto secure his ninth century as Bangladesh closed in their first score of over 300 against England.

Woakes was part of a four-pronged pace attack after Adil Rashid was left out to deny Bangladesh much spin.

A disappointed Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his side failed to take wickets in the middle and also couldn't get enough runs on board in the final overs.

Sabbir Rahman hit a brisk 24 before he fell in similar fashion, caught by Jason Roy off Plunkett, who finished with 4/59, as Bangladesh ended on 305/6.

Tamim's fellow left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar should have been out for 11 when he turned Jake Ball off his pads only for Moeen Ali to drop a two-handed catch at square leg.

But as the runs kept coming, an increasingly frustrated Stokes exchanged words with Tamim and mockingly patted him on the shoulder at the end of the 32nd over, with umpires Rod Tucker and S Ravi intervening to calm tempers. Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed in the sunshine but the lefthander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11fours.

The 28-year-old then went down the pitch to drive Ali for a soaring straight six.

Such was the nature of Roots innings is that he had found the boundary just six times on way to reaching three figures off 115 balls. Bangladesh were lucky but they also played with a cool head at the start which was very important from their point of view, after their dismal surrender to India in their last game.

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