India will not be distracted from title defence, says Laxman


Eight teams are divided into two groups of four teams each.

Though it is too early to say how the injury will impact on Woakes' involvement either in the remainder of this match, or England's subsequent group games against New Zealand on June 6 and Australia on June 10, side strains are notoriously hard injuries for fast bowlers to shake off.

Smith also sat the game out and has not played an ODI for almost five months having been involved in Test and IPL action in India since March.

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Friday's encounter at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground is set to feature several survivors, with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson the star turn in atop order that also includes Martin Guptill.

"We all know that both (Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal) are extremely talented, but it is unfortunate the way they have dealt their cricket, they could have done a lot better", he said.

Despite his lack of 50-over cricket, Smith, who averages over 60 in Tests, is confident he can comfortably adjust to the different environment.

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"I haven't seen a team win a global tournament playing defensively", said England coach Trevor Bayliss.

"Initially, getting used to the pitch, the openers take a bit of time; at the end, when we have wickets in hand, we have to do better".

It was some encouragement for Bangladesh after a 2016/17 tour of New Zealand where they were beaten in all formats.

Hosts England, who were the losing finalists in the last edition in 2013, are among the favourites this time because of their current form and the fact that that they are playing in their home conditions.

"Stoinis did very well in New Zealand in the last series, and Hastings has done very well for us over in these conditions", Smith said. And, for us, our focus is on this tournament and it needs to be, because we're coming up against some good opposition.

Coming out to bat, though England lost an early wicket of Jason Roy, the partnership between Alex Hales and Joe Root of 159 runs took the game completely away from the Bangla bowlers.

"And one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way that we play, and the freedom in which we play with, is backing that up with selection".