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

LISTEN Nasser Hussain says replacing Jason Roy with Jonny Bairstow would ‘send the wrong message

LISTEN Nasser Hussain says replacing Jason Roy with Jonny Bairstow would ‘send the wrong message

Of the teams involved in this edition of the competition, England and Bangladesh are two of three sides yet to win the Champions Trophy (Pakistan); England twice finishing as runners-up whilst Bangladesh are yet to feature in a final.

Laxman also said that the much-awaited match against Pakistan will be a high profile one because of the fact that India rarely play against their arch-rivals. They will be going up against Sri Lanka on June 3 in their first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 game. "I don't have any one particular target". For every team, whenever a player puts on his country's shirt, he aims to give his best.

India will play their next two matches at The Oval in London, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11.

This current period should have been filled with the World Test Championship, but a few years back the ICC bottled that idea because India said so.

Group A comprises New Zealand, Australia, England and Bangladesh. The match against Pakistan will be highly intense. Especially he had a confident that his main man Stokes would also be able to bowl in the opening match of ICC Champions Trophy.

But a tough draw means they have to start strongly, he said.

The veteran batsman also praised Kohli for his attacking game and said its good to see him playing like this.

As always, Pakistan have an excellent selection of fast bowlers in their ranks in the form of Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali who could prove to be risky in English conditions.

"The players have played together for so long now we know each other so well". So, right now, the 50-over format has two tournaments on the schedule - one of which is the World Cup, an event that actually has history and prestige on its side.

"It comes naturally, because they too play very aggressively whenever they play against India".

Holders India and Australia, twice Champions Trophy winners, are among the favourites, along with South Africa who won the inaugural tournament in 1998.

Bangladesh highlighted the issue of under-performing openers in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title-holders India's 324 for seven in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday.

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