With latest batting failure, Roy proving England's weak link

With latest batting failure, Roy proving England's weak link

Shikhar is back in form; Kohli played well against New Zealand and the way Dinesh Karthik batted against Bangladesh was impressive.

Fast bowler Plunkett led England's attack with four for 59 from his maximum 10 overs after Chris Woakes went off after bowling just two overs because of a left side strain.

England came into this tournament featuring the world´s top eight ODI sides having made huge strides in white-ball cricket in the past two years.

That Bangladesh qualified for the event ahead of the West Indies, the 2004 victor and current T20 world champion, underlines the team's quality. "I think it could be the most competitive games you could be part of before something like Champions Trophy". Morgan has confirmed that the 25-year-old will play as a specialist batsman if he's unfit to bowl.

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

- Bangladesh are appearing in the Champions Trophy group stage for the first time since 2004.

By his own admission, Karthik needed the knock against Bangladesh after scoring a nervous nine-ball duck in India's first warm-up match against New Zealand.

"Jonny Bairstow will miss out unfortunately - it's been the case for the last couple of years", said Morgan, who explained England are determined to stick with players through thick and thin to help breed confidence in the attacking but high-risk approach to batting which has paid off since the 2015 World Cup. The win gives them crucial points and momentum for the matches to follow. The defending champions have not played an ODI since January and are burdened with expectation, as ever, but has match-sharp players due to the majority of its squad being involved in the Indian Premier League. "I hope that I am picked, but that is up to the team management so let's see how this goes", PakPassion.net quoted Sohail as saying.

However one day after England slipped to 20-6 in the third ODI against South Africa, Bangladesh collapsed to 22-6 before losing to India by 240 runs.

Samuels has a history of on-field spats whether it is Australia's legendary spinner Shane Warner or the English all-rounder Ben Stokes who got punished by Carlos Brathwaite in T20 World Cup 2016 final.

"You cannot reach out or play the shots away from your body and so it's also important to assess the conditions, not only the pitch conditions but also the weather conditions which can change dramatically during the day", he added.

"Three hundred is an easy score to get by playing real positive cricket", captain Eoin Morgan said. When asked about the importance of the tournament Laxman differed from his former teammate's comment.

"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".

Laxman also named his four semi-finalists of the tournament.

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