Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

Root blocks the fifth delivery, which is slower.

In the next over bowled by Ball, Mushfiqur Rahim scored two consecutive boundaries in order to bring more pace to the score.

Karthik has made 397 runs from 15 matches in England out of which, he smashed 263 runs in three Test matches.

At the same time, the Bangladesh captain would not come across as pretentious if he were to drum-roll his team's chances, for they go into the Champions Trophy with their best-ever ICC ODI ranking: No. 6 - ahead of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Morgan cleared up the other variables as England fine-tune preparations, most notably that Ben Stokes - who managed to send down 20 or so deliveries on the edge of the square - will be fit to face Bangladesh, and is expected to bowl as well as bat despite the knee injury which continues to baffle the medics.

Bangladesh collapsed to 22 for six in 7.3 overs against India, not as bad as England on Monday, but concerning all the same.

Mashrafe will not be drawing on the history of 2015 - or even the preceding World Cup when England advanced despite another defeat against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

The participating teams have been divided into two groups - Group A and Group B. Both England and Bangladesh are part of group A along with Australia and New Zealand while Pakistan, India, South Africa and Sri Lanka are in group B.

It was some encouragement for Bangladesh after a 2016/17 tour of New Zealand where they were beaten in all formats.

"The players are playing the situation, whatever the teams need at that time". "It's just we couldn't finish well, that's it".

But Waqar, who also wore the coach's hat not so long ago, said that it was hard to envisage which Pakistan will turn up on the day but added that a win against India could do wonders to their confidence.

"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.

England's biggest strength, apart from their new-found philosophy based on fearlessness, is home advantage. "He's a very important part of our side".

"We have some experience". The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years, they win nearly everything.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Intel as our Official Innovation Partner of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017", said David Richardson, Chief Executive of the ICC.

Peter Moores was sacked as head coach soon after and the appointment of Trevor Bayliss has transformed England's fortunes in white-ball cricket, so much so that they will start the Champions Trophy among the favourites.

"Obviously 84 doesn't look good", he said.

  • Julie Sanders