Root: 'Thrilled to get off to a start like this'


England will be hoping to put their last warm-up game behind them after South Africa tore through their top order and left them being comprehensively beaten by a very good South African Side.

London, Jun 1 Joe Root breezed to his 10th ODI hundred as title favourites England began their tournament campaign with an eight-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy opener here today.

The day had started badly for England when allrounder Chris Woakes limped off due to a side strain after bowling two overs.

By this stage Root was well poised to reach three figures despite struggling after injuring his calf running between the wickets.

Root, who appeared in discomfort after setting off for a run on 59, said: "It looks like it is just a bit of cramp". They added 159 runs before Hales was dismissed in the 28 over when the score was 165.

"It's a really good start and something to build on and hopefully we can do that".

Hales and Root responded with a calm authority, picking off the boundaries but taking few undue risks until - with the opener's hundred only one more big shot away immediately after hitting Sabbir Rahman for his second six to add to his 11 fours, he found the hands of deep midwicket in the part-time leg-spinner's solitary over. Needing to score more than six an over, the pair ensured England were never behind the eight ball. Morgan did survive a chance earlier, when Tamim Iqbal's stunning catch at long-on was controversially ruled not out by the third umpire, but that apart there was little Bangladesh could do to break the stand.

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Australian coach Bayliss, however, was keen Monday's reverse does not lead to a policy change given England's impressive "white-ball" revival in the two years since a defeat by Bangladesh sealed their first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup. Bangladesh played an outstanding cricket and by the end of 50 overs, they managed to put 305 runs on the scoreboard after losing 6 wickets.

"You want to make sure you contribute to England wins but when it is in a Champions Trophy or a World Cup they mean a lot more".

An increasingly frustrated Stokes exchanged words with Tamim and the all-rounder mockingly patted him on the shoulder at the end of the 32nd over.

The batsmen had crossed and next ball Mushfiqur carelessly holed out to long-off, with Bangladesh only managing a modest 43 off the last five overs.

His demise came two balls later when he scooped a delivery from Mashrafe Mortaza to short fine leg.

Lower down the batting line up, S Rahman's 24 (15) pushed Bangladesh to cross 300 mark.

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss believes the vital experience gained from sending the country's players to the Indian Premier League (IPL) far outweighs the risk of them picking up injuries during the Twenty20 tournament.



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