ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Michael Hussey puts England and Australia as favourites


"It counts for something but not for everything because we still come back to one-off clashes with opponents and if you win then you can go a long way in the competition", said Williamson, who took over as captain from Brendon McCullum in 2016. "But, as you build up every game and try and gain momentum into the tournament, you start becoming that hot favourite", he added. We go out there and be as positive and aggressive as we can and try and concentrate on what we're doing, we don't get sucked into too much of the other stuff.

ICC Champions Trophy commences on June 1 and India's first game is on June 4 against arch-rivals Pakistan.

Replying to question on senior players Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli said he doesn't need to tell anything to the duo as they have vast experience and they will play their natural games.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is excited about the prospect of facing India first-up in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and said the whole country is hoping for a win against the archrivals.

But recent history has showed that the team always rises to the occasion on the biggest stage, and the two-time ICC Cricket World Cup winners will be tough to stop.

In an interview to ESPN Cricinfo, Kohli spoke on how his team has evolved in this gap and his views on the balance of the home team in the Champions Trophy.

"It's similar with guys like Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Billings, all those guys who went out there, you can see the development that's gone on within their games".

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"I don't think they've scored anything less than 330 now, which moves the game on pretty rapidly".

I think the first challenge is not to think about the fact that we are defending the title.

Kohli's India won the last edition of the Champions Trophy, also played in England, in 2013, defeating the hosts by just five runs in a final reduced to 20 overs a side due to rain.

Kohli suffered a shoulder injury during the Australia series to miss the final game. England brings a lot for challenges for a batsmen and I want to overcome them personally for my satisfaction at the end of my career."We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels", it added.

Mumbai: The Champions Trophy is set to begin from June 1. But now we are balanced, we have good fast bowlers, depth in batting and the series against England [In January] sealed it for us.

L allows you to be in that zone.

"Even the players at the top are more confidence, and overall it was very good for the team". It could be the most competitive game that you could be a part of (in IPL) before the Champions Trophy'.