Chris Woakes to Miss Remaining Champions Trophy Games
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 8:25
Favourites England kicked off their Champions Trophy campaign with a routine eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh courtesy of Joe Root's 10th one-day century at The Oval. "If we rushed him, he might have played the last game of the one-day series (against South Africa), but we didn't want to rush him".
England were on the receiving end of the previous highest chase in trophy history, a loss in 2013 to Sri Lanka, who made 297-3.
Jonny Bairstow's heroics at Lord's might not be enough for him to earn a place in the XI as England are likely to stick with Jason Roy.
Morgan, however, was proud of the way England's attack coped with Woakes's absence. "He and [Alex] Hales have..."
Jason Roy's wretched run of form continued as a paddle sweep from just his eighth ball landed in the hands of Mustafizur Rahman, for just one. Thanks to his efforts, the Eoin Morgan-led side cruised to a record victory while chasing 306.
And thus Roy, the potentially explosive Surrey opener, will line up on his home ground safe in the knowledge that any failure, following five underwhelming worldwide innings this summer, will not result in a change of plan. Ultimately, it was Sabbir who did the trick as he dismissed Hales for 95, which came off 86 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during his stay at the crease against England.
After Woakes left the field having bowled just two overs, though, Plunkett and others rose to the challenge - and Morgan senses they can do so again if necessary.
Earlier, riding on Tamim Iqbal's brilliant 128, Bangladesh posted a challenging 305/6.
"He's obviously been very impressive for us over the last couple of years, and a mainstay, a very reliable guy", Eoin Morgan said. "There is not a lot of time in this tournament to bounce back, it's very short with only a few games before the knockout", he said.
"Yes, the last match wasn't that good, but I hope the batters will understand their role and not think too much about yesterday [Tuesday]".
He said: "Since that game against Bangladesh we've been on a huge upward curve, and we've been tremendously lucky in the fact we've had a group of players that have bought into a way of playing and enjoyed it".
"And one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way that we play, and the freedom in which we play with, is backing that up with selection". Losing two wickets in two balls put us a little bit on the backfoot.
Morgan also had a favourable report on key all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was able to bowl briefly on the edge of the square during practice following the latest round of scans on his knee injury.