Bangladesh prepare to take on 'favourites' England in Champions Trophy opener

Laura Christensen
June 7, 2017

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With a batting line-up that often goes as deep as No. 11, England have been scoring totals more than 300 regularly, and with their home advantage, the conditions will be stacked even more against the Tigers. Mashrafe Mortaza would want his boys to show some teeth in the tournament opener after suffering a 240-run loss against India in their second warm-up match.

Unsurprisingly, David Warner and Quinton de Kock are the two openers after their impressive performances since the start of 2016 where the pair are the two leading run-getters with over 3,000 runs between them.

"It´s a lesson with the bat and ball - our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in", Morgan said.

"You have to think what the mistake was, so I think we can handle tomorrow especially".

"For me the four semi-finalists would be England, Australia, South Africa and India and whichever team plays well on that particular day will win the championship but it is going to be highly competitive tournament", Laxman concluded. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year's ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Though, the Captain Morgan expects all three to be fit to play. "But on any given day we can beat any team in the world". "So whatever we do first against England, we need to start well and that's what we are focusing on".

"Cricket brings happiness to our nation, we will do our best to make our country proud", he added.

England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

"But again, it's cricket and anything can happen in the game".

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"This result ensures we go into the Champions Trophy without big heads", Bayliss told BBC's Test Match Special.

Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri had earlier said that the Champions Trophy is only an overdose of cricket for the audience and equally hard on the players.

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