Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy with side strain

"We were in a great position to score 330, 340, but we lost too many wickets late", captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. For decades the English have been stuck in the past, failing to adapt to the innovations of the modern game.

Although Australia have won nine out of their last 10 encounters against New Zealand, they can not afford to take their rivals lightly. "And especially at home, they are a serious side".

The host nation kicked of their ICC Champions trophy with a comfortable 8-wicket victory over Bangladesh at the Oval in south London.

"We know that the game has gone quite a long way and we have had some good results in the recent past, so we will do our best to match that".

The Tigers posted a score 305/6 in their 50 overs thanks mainly to century from Tamim Iqbal and a brisk 79 off 72 balls from Mushfiqur Rahim. With the sight of 300 on the board turning legs to custard and brains into crumble. "We are just thrilled to bits to get off to a good start". Root was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his blistering knock.

Morgan remained unbeaten on 75 off 61 deliveries inclusive of eight boundaries and two sixes.

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On a flat surface that was excellent for batting the Bangladesh attack looked utterly toothless in the face of England's superb batting.

Large totals can be expected in today's game as Bangladesh's 341 was chased successfully by Pakistan whereas Kiwis chased Sri Lanka's total of 356 runs.

The odds are stacked heavily against them and they are their own worst enemies but past ICC tournaments have proven that you write Pakistan off at your peril.

Taylor has stroked a New Zealand record 17 one-day centuries, is one behind the country's Test best with 16, and with no plans to retire before the 2019 World Cup he has the New Zealand records for the most runs in both formats firmly in his sights.

Woakes was already on his way to try to find out the extent of his injury while Morgan welcomed England's confidence-boosting win but found himself also discussing the likely absence of such a key bowler.

"He's obviously been very impressive for us over the last couple of years and a mainstay, a very reliable guy, and it is a worry when he goes off the field and can't come back on and bowl", said Morgan.

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