Chris Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy with side strain


India are placed in Group B alongside Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa and will open their defense against their arch-rivals on Sunday, June 4 at Birmingham.

Perhaps their most memorable clash of modern times was the gripping 2007 World Twenty20 final, which India won by five runs.

"We will unleash our best pace attack, maybe three or four fast bowlers if needed, or a combination of spin and pace", the 30-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman said. We've been playing a lot of white-ball cricket, so I guess that helps.

Damien Fleming - who was by all accounts not one of the star names on the Australian team sheet (think Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and even Michael Bevan) - was entrusted with bowling that over with only nine runs to defend. With the unsafe Warner-Finch combination at the top, in-form Smith to follow and great hitters like Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade and Travis Head in the team, Australia's batting line-up is well sorted. "And especially at home, they are a serious side".

Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson are all fit and poised to bowl together given conducive conditions at the tournament in England and Wales.

It's time for one of the most fiercely contested rivalries to be renewed, once again. For nearly 18 years, wars prevented either side from visiting the other until the ice was broken in 1978, but even today matches are few and far between.

But former captain Ramiz Raja believes the team lacks the skill-set needed to regularly beat top sides in modern limited-overs cricket, which tilts heavily towards batting.

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"They have some good new ball bowlers who can swing the ball around and if there is a bit there we will have to be a bit watchful". South Africa are well balanced.

Despite all this, however, the inaugural Champions Trophy winners will need to be fearless if they intend to shed off chokers tag. Sky Sport 1 and Sky Go NZ are the New Zealand sports channels.

Ronchi is considered a better gloveman, and his batting will be used as a high-risk weapon to try to wrest games away from the opposition in a matter of overs.

Experienced opener Martin Guptill smashed an unbeaten 116 off just 76 deliveries while Kane Wiliamson and Corey Anderson scored impressive half-centuries. Trent Boult-Tim Southee is the most lethal combo in the world, and getting past their spell will be decisive for any team.

Australia are hunting for their third Champions Trophy, winning it on two previous occasions in 2006 and 2009.

With his top-of-the-order aggression and rapid strike rate, Jason Roy has been an emblem of England's new-found positivity in one-day cricket over the last two years.