Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Yet, after inclusion in Australia's playing XI in favour of John Hastings in a must-win clash in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the specialist leg spinner had to wait a whole 34 overs on his maiden global outing in England.

However, Starc, who was back to his menacing best as he took 4-29 as Bangladesh were skittled for 182 at The Oval on Monday, said the world champions would love nothing more than to bring Eoin Morgan's side down a peg or two.

England's only real selection dilemma is being who replaces the injured Chris Woakes. With McCullum still at the helm, they were only going to approach the game one way - England had no option but to respond.

Twenty overs needed to be completed for a result and with David Warner (40 ) and skipper Smith (22) at the crease, a win seemed a formality under the Duckworth/Lewis system.

Morgan's England have since sustained their improvement - and as he plotted further consolidation on Tuesday, he reflected just briefly on New Zealand's superiority at the last World Cup.

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Tamim Iqbal should have been his second after a mistimed pull that same over.

One down Imrul Kayes (6) was beaten by Pat Cummins' pace as the batsman offered a simple catch to Aaron Finch at cover point as Bangladesh were reduced to 37 for 2 in the 11th over.

Off-spinner Travis Head trapped Shakib leg before to end what would prove to be the only decent piece of resistance by the Bangladesh batsmen. Starc got Iqbal off the first ball that he bowled.

It was a good outing for 2016's top wicket-taker in ODIs (30 wickets from 19 games) and that sets him up nicely for the game (s) ahead. "Our bowlers were a lot better today", was Smith's assessment. Until then, Smith explained, he had no reason to tinker with the good thing he had going. The start the Australians were hoping for never happened and eventually the umpires called off the game by 21:20 local time, forcing the teams to share the points.

Starc too hot to handle for Bangladesh tail. He deserved triple figures, the fine hand acknowledged by a primarily Bengali crowd.

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After dismissing the opener, Starc cleaned up Mashrafe Mortaza two balls later and then did the same to Rubel Hossain next delivery.

Starc came within inches of claiming a hat-trick, nearly bowling last man Mustafizur Raham with a yorker, before settling for a triple-wicket maiden and bowling Mehedi Hasan in his next over.

"But the umpires are there to make a decision and I think drinks was at the end of that over, which probably didn't help".

England beat Bangladesh in their opening match and have been transformed in the white ball game under former NSW coach Trevor Bayliss over the past two years.

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