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

Champions Trophy: Bangladesh wins toss and bats vs Australia


Meanwhile, New Zealand are still searching for their first victory after their opening clash against two-time winners Australia was largely affected by rain before it was eventually abandoned, with the Trans-Tasman rivals earning a point each. England launched the tournament, which features the world's top eight one-day teams, with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at The Oval on Thursday.

The fact the Poms are expected to claim top spot means Australia and New Zealand will likely compete for the remaining qualifying position, meaning a Bangladesh win would only make Australia's semi-finals equation more hard.

"It looks a very good wicket to bat on". He lost his opening partner, Martin Guptill, whose leading edge was caught at point off Hazlewood for 26, and almost lost his own wicket he gave up on an attempted single only to see the throw miss, and Matthew Wade fail to gather the ball cleanly, allowing Ronchi to make his ground.

It s very important for me to be in the quarter-finals one more time.

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"We play our way, and they play their way, which is a similar brand, and it works for both teams".

But Aussie skipper Steve Smith said there could have been a "bit more urgency" to get the covers off when the rain stopped, with his team just four overs away from securing a much-needed tournament win.

"We are fully supportive of the security plans that are in place".

"In the first game, we were not sure of what combination to go with", he explained.

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"I'm going into these training days leading in the game and if I get the call beyond that then great and I will try my best for my country".

Yesterday morning's wash-out at The Oval has put Australia on a collision course with an early exit unless it can knock off the hosts, and tournament favourites, at Edgbaston. If the game had just carried on, perhaps they may have had a different opinion.

"We certainly facilitate guys that feel they need to talk about it or have any concerns". "You've got to turn it around quickly now and control what you can control".

Finn insisted England were determined to play on following terror attacks that have struck both Manchester and London in the past two weeks, amid security re-assurance from the International Cricket Council.

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The parents lived for a time in Morocco before separating when the mother returned to Italy and re-established herself in Bologna. Much of the area around London Bridge remained cordoned off as commuters struggled to work in the driving rain.


Opener Martin Guptill said: "ICC have assured us that our safety is their number one priority, and they keep giving us updates daily about what's happening and what their plans are for us. On behalf of the Black Caps, I'd like to let people know our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families through this tough time".

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