Batsman Bell backs Jason Roy ahead of June's Champions Trophy

England, who are now gearing-up for their June 1 tournament opener against Bangladesh at the Oval with one-day worldwide clashes against the Proteas, are considered by many as the team to beat this time around. In Test cricket we have reached the top. "We always related to England as a very strong Test team, but in last two or three years post [the 2015] World Cup, they've really changed the way they play their cricket", he said.

Giving a clear indication of the killer instinct of his team in the upcoming Champions Trophy, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that they want to win the tournament without losing a single game, according to media reports on Wednesday.

"I am very hopeful that the India can repeat the performances of the 2013 Champions Trophy", Pathan said. "The effort should be there, people should see we are fighting and giving it our all", Ahmed said. From a mind set point of view, it made me realise that you can not do everything in every game.

Kohli, who was part of the victorious India squad four years ago, believes his side is in an even better position to rule the world this year.

India open their campaign against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4. It motivates me further to come back and do better. I think that's the biggest challenge in Champions Trophy and something that all the players love playing for sure. "In the ICC World Cup you have a league and a lot of games to play but here it is group games and then either the semis or you are out". "When we went there last time (to the CT in England in 2013), we just wanted to enjoy as a young unit and we ended up winning the tournament", Kohli said talking about how it went on creating a core which is still intact coming into this tournament. It is indeed a challenge for all sides that play against them.

India, for instance, know exactly how their batting lineup is going to look like, but they do need to make a decision on the bowling - whether to go with one spinner and three fast bowlers or two spinners and two pacers and who those bowlers will be.

"Sometimes it was so freaky, everything we tried was just going against us, I have never experienced that in a side, not all 11, all the 15 guys were in the same mindset, I have never seen that, it was quite weird, may be to teach me that you need to balance things out and take a backward step in how much you can do on the field". I think I was pretty fortunate that I got to experience such a time because it teaches you a lot as captain and a lot composure wise. As soon as I was in the BCCI office we sent out a message raising our concerns about security of the Indian team's travel, accommodation and the playing (arena).

  • Zachary Reyes