ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Australia Vs New Zealand

Ebony Scott
June 2, 2017

Roy has been out for single-figure scores in four of his last five one-day internationals and hasn't made a fifty in his last 11 innings in all cricket.

However, he bowled just one more over in his spell before leaving the field for treatment, and a statement from the European Central Bank later confirmed that he was being assessed for a left side strain.

"It's a great chance for Sarfaraz Ahmed to lead the side well and take Pakistan cricket forward and all will depend on him that how he leads the side", he said.

In a clinical chase against Bangladesh, Joe Root's unbeaten 133 from 129 balls helped England to beat Bangladesh by eight wickets with more than two overs to spare, in the first encounter of Champions Trophy 2017, on Thursday.

England have nonetheless retained struggling opener Jason Roy, with Jake Ball effectively named in place of Rashid.

Andrew Miller is United Kingdom editor of ESPNcricinfo. Under the brilliant captaincy of Hansie Cronje, Proteas emerged as the champions of the first edition of the tournament, after which they haven't been able to win any ICC trophy till date.

"We're still ranked the No 1 team in the world going into the tournament, so there are quite a few reasons for us to be confident, but we're still humbled at the same time and know that we have to work hard and take it one step at a time to win this".

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That was Bangladesh's highest stand in a one-day worldwide outside of Asia, surpassing the 141 put on by Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah when the Tigers knocked England out of the 2015 World Cup with a dramatic 15-run win in Adelaide. He combined for 166 with Mushfiqur Rahim, who was out for 79 straight after Tamim departed.

New Zealand are again the opponents in Australia's tournament opener at Edgbaston on Friday (8pm AEST), with skipper Steve Smith looking to emulate Ponting's achievements with an exciting side brimming with talent.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, on the other hand, revealed that he too had considered to bowl, had he won the toss.

"It was really good to see the way Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and even Virat Kohli in the first match against New Zealand bat", Laxman said.

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.

"Ten, 15 runs more would have been ideal", Tamim said.

Morgan and Root took England home but though this was a powerful batting display, they will be anxious about Woakes - who is due to have a scan tonight.

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