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England's Mark Wood celebrates after bowling Australia's Glenn Maxwell caught by England's Jason Roy for 20 runs during an ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham England Saturday

Ben Stokes sent Australia crashing out of the Champions Trophy after scoring a century that will be remembered forever by those who witnessed it. Ben has always been powerful but he's adding new elements to his game.

"It s fantastic - we ve got one hell of a team, and I absolutely love being part of it", said Wood.

Bangladesh had done their job on Friday by beating New Zealand and their fate hung in the balance yesterday.

David Warner's lean run in England continued as he nicked off to England strike bowler Mark Wood for 21.

He is however not a keen follower of cricket, but his understanding is that the game is as popular in Bangladesh and India as the English Premier League football in England. It was business as usual in the afternoon and the Bangladesh players looked very relaxed as some headed for shopping and some returned after doing a gym session at Edgesbaston, where Bangladesh will play their biggest game in an ICC flagship tournament in three days' time.

England's fourth-wicket pair turned the apparent perils of 35-3 in pursuit of 277-9 into a victory surge as their stand of 159 set up a 40-run Duckworth-Lewis victory which put Australia out of the tournament.

The knock was the all-rounder's third ODI hundred and first against Australia as he posted his career high score to knock the Aussies out of the tournament.

There is no doubt that India are favourites in this semi-final, though.

With Australia losing their must-win game against England on Saturday, Bangladesh's road to the semi-finals was confirmed.

Moises Henriques has copped his fair share of criticism, but the blame for his efforts lies with the selectors for my money.

At one stage, Australia was well placed at 2-161 in the 27th over, but none of the top four could kick on and score a century.

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Australia's players are heading home. "Beyond that I am thinking about the Ashes - of course I am", he said. You take advice from everyone and you make a call.

It was a fresh pitch at Edgbaston, with overcast conditions due to the gloomy weather around Birmingham.

"Across the three games in Cardiff there have been 8000 tickets sold which haven't been used, which is disappointing, but beyond the selling of them and the regular communication to those purchasers, if people then chose not to use them there isn't much we can do", Claire Furlong, the ICC's general manager of strategic communications, said.

Washouts and slip-ups in one match are costly in this quickfire format.

Meanwhile India, led by skipper Virat Kohli will look to play ruthlessly and dominate Bangladesh right from the start. "Yeah I think so in terms of chasing".

Hazlewood's rise to the top spot was helped when he snared 6-52 in Australia's washed-out clash with New Zealand at Edgbaston earlier this month.

Cricket is Bangladesh's most important sport - "the people, they eat and sleep cricket; they do everything for cricket", Bashar says - so the country with a population of 160 million can not wait for Thursday.

The added pressure of a tense standoff with the head honchos over the pay dispute and the apparent breakdown in negotiations there will likely have had some effect on the mental state of players involved in the touring group and the starting XI.

The former Bangladesh captain will only be eligible to play global cricket from 2018 and he remembered their famous win over Australia in Cardiff where he scored a century against the likes of veteran Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie in 2005.

Before that there is the small matter of securing passage to the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.



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