Champions Trophy: England, South Africa bid to end title droughts


Kedar Jadhav is super excited to feature in his first ICC Champions Trophy, but the cricketer is also well aware about the fierce competition in the tournament, and an aggressive approach won't be good for the batsman in the conditions England offers.

There were half-centuries from reserve wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik (94), Hardik Pandya (80 not out) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (60).

India were resounding 240-run winners after seam duo Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav reduced Bangladesh to 22-6 in their final warm-up match for the ICC Champions Trophy. "[We are] probably one of the most successful teams in the world if you see in the last two years".

Australia, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand will slog it out in Group A of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

"This tournament is going to be hard for us, playing a group that is very hard in the conditions", Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said of opponents England, Australia and New Zealand. They can't afford a slow start, as their first match will be against bitter rivals Pakistan.

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Watch a preview of the Bangladesh Champions Trophy campaign in the video below, courtesy of CricBuzz. While India and Australia are being pegged as the two likeliest to meet in the final, there will be teams like hosts England who will have a lot to say about that.

The southpaw has delivered consistent performances in the IPL and looks set to prove his mettle at the Champions Trophy. In the following four-match ODI series, he again failed to deliver scoring just 54 runs at an average of 18 and with a highest score of 40. "I've been fortunate to play with some fantastic cricketers over the years", Morgan said ahead of the ongoing one-day worldwide series against South Africa.

Taylor senses this New Zealand side can put the runners-up tag to bed, despite being only fourth in the one-day rankings behind South Africa, Australia and India, and just ahead of England, but a tough draw means they have to start strongly, he said.

Young gun Fahim Ashraf's blitzkrieg knock of 64 not out off 30 balls powered Pakistan to an unlikely, two-wicket win over Bangladesh in their first warm-up game on Saturday. But we believe the people in the corridors of power have been told that Kumble is overbearing and doesn't give freedom to the players. "It's nearly pointless ranking who is the best because we can beat any team on our day and we've seen that quite consistently over the last 18 months or so". "No matter how much a player tries to take it as any other game of cricket, it is not possible". In the couple of warm-up games that India played, his scores read 7 off 12 and 11 off 21.