Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Champions Trophy 2017: Saha Feels India are Favourites to Win

Australia are in Group A with England, Bangladesh and New Zealand, with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals. "Who are England's match winners?", The "Prince of Kolkata" mentioned the names of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and added England were better than Australia.

Morgan, however, will not be swayed on the subject, arguing with some justification that England's opening partnership of Roy and Alex Hales has been one of the central planks of their white-ball renaissance since the 2015 World Cup, and that to disrupt that now would send precisely the wrong message to an otherwise settled, confident and in-form unit.

The eighth edition of the tournament will get started with England taking on Bangladesh at the Oval today.

"He would definitely be a loss if he couldn't play". "The players play as per the situation and professional players are like that without worrying about anything else", quipped the 32-year-old.

Ben Stokes (1-42), having been passed fit to bowl prior to the game, made the breakthrough, dismissing Soumya Sarkar (28) in a rather fortuitous manner, a wide long-hop uppercut straight to sub fielder Jonny Bairstow at deep point.

"He's been very impressive for us over the last couple of years, a mainstay and a very reliable guy", the England captain added. "The plan was making sure we had plenty of wickets in hand at the back end, one of the top four being not out between 70 and 100, we did a really good job".

“I think I always enjoyed playing against Pakistan, but it is very important to respect whatever the governments decision is because it is beyond sport at the moment, ” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by P&G Shiksha here.

After pre-match doubts over Stokes, who bowled seven overs and took England's first wicket, Chris Woakes became the latest injury-victim.

"I think we can handle tomorrow (Thursday) especially".

"There's no pain there but it doesn't mean that I won't feel no pain". New Zealand won every game they hosted (including against Australia in Auckland) and Australia won every game they hosted (including the final against New Zealand at the MCG).

The company plans to make "Speculur BatSense" available in Australia, India, the United States and Britain in the second half of this year. "When you play against one of the better sides in the world, you can be susceptible to things like that happening in given conditions". Several batsmen will use these bat sensors in the games at the 2017 Champions Trophy, enabling new insights on stroke play and rich story-telling in broadcast.

Andrew Miller is United Kingdom editor of ESPNcricinfo.

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