ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Ross Taylor the elder statesman of New Zealand cricket known for poking out his tongue on reaching a century has stamped his mark on the game over 11 illustrious years at the top

Rohit set to get some time at top against Bangladesh

England were reduced to 20 for six in their last ODI against South Africa on Monday and Bangladesh were shot out for just 84 in their final warm-up the following day. Also, Adil Rashid may allow bowling from this tournament because of his performance recently, who took ten wickets in three ODIs against Bangladesh.

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South Africa marked their ODI dominance with a 5-0 series win over Sri Lanka in January-February, which was followed by 3-2 thumping of New Zealand in February-March. We just wanted to give him an extended run'. "But it happened a long time ago", Mashrafe said on Wednesday. "You will see a fighting team", he said.

Hardik Pandya made a great start in his first outing in England as he slammed an unbeaten 80 off 54 balls to help India beat Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up clash at The Oval. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year's ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. "If you can keep bowling in the right areas and hit the seam, I think that's the best way to go for the bowlers", the 32-year-old told IANS.

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But Mortaza said Bangladesh had it in them to spring a surprise.

But Mehedi Hasan, who top-scored for the Tigers with 24, said they still believed they could beat England.

"So whatever we do first against England, we need to start well and that's what we are focusing on".

He added: "England are a very good side".

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Expected playing XI:England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood. "So you never know". Whereas in warm-up games he could only score 7 and 11 against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively. He is an aggressive player, he has confidence and you should also encourage such players.

Total eight teams will be participating in 2017 edition and have been evenly distributed into two groups of four teams each.

Defending champions India will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener on June 4 in Birmingham. "It's going to be a high profile match where countrymen of both the teams will be waiting eagerly for that match".

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