Bangladesh good, but England better

After suffering the eight-wicket loss at the hands of the hosts, that same question made its way to Mashrafe Bin Mortaza at the post-match press conference.

England coach Trevor Bayliss has insisted that the tournament hosts will stick with their aggressive approach during the Champions Trophy despite a chastening defeat by South Africa.

The proof came as recently as Monday when, at Lord's, England collapsed to 20 for six in five overs - the worst start in One-Day International history - against the South Africa's new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell. The batsman departed after scoring 128 off 142 balls. However, Root's hundred and fifties by Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan sealed the deal for England.

Without him, England might still have had Tamim run-out for just four had substitute fielder Jonny Bairstow managed a direct hit at just one stump from square-leg.

However, in the past, England have been beaten in two title-deciding matches in the Champions Trophy, the "mini World Cup", on home soil when well-placed.

"I just came from the field and haven't seen the replay so I won't say anything about that".

All matches of the tournament will be played at three different venues including The Oval in London, Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. From that point of view the message won't change. He waited for some loose deliveries to play shots and could able to find out the gap.

Root and Morgan shared 143 for the third wicket, while the Yorkshireman showed deftness and intelligence to post his highest ever score in a one-day global.

Root's Yorkshire teammate Liam Plunkett claimed 4-59 from his 10-over allocation, including the pivotal wicket of century-maker Tamim, who clashed with Stokes after reacting to the Durham man's sledging.

He has opened in limited overs cricket at county level, making 174 for Yorkshire against Durham this month. It s been the case like that for the last couple of years.

"That's a decision we have got to make". "Those things happen when you can't seem to score runs but we back him - he's been brilliant for us", Morgan said.

Bangladesh star Tamim Iqbal tried his best to help his side secure a victory in the opening encounter of the Champions Trophy 2017, but Ben Root spilled water on their hopes by slamming a terrific 133 not out.

Meanwhile Bayliss reckoned there was little to be gained from asking Roy to rein himself in. "We are just thrilled to bits to get off to a good start".

England have never won a major global ODI event but Bayliss was cautiously optimistic about their Champions Trophy prospects.

"We have a long way to go", he said.

  • Julie Sanders