India thrash Bangladesh in ICC Champions Trophy warm-up

The South Africans are the top-ranked ODI team, with the top-ranked batsman (AB de Villiers) and the top two bowlers (Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir). Wonder why? To mark the commencement of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 today, Google has launched a doodle where you can play cricket. Test is considered to be the toughest format to play on England pitches that assist pacers with good bounce.

Pakistan, who upset the odds to draw a Test series in England a year ago, have already been in Birmingham for two weeks in preparation for their bid to win the Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams.

Captain Morgan's team racked up totals of 339 and 330 to win the first two matches of the series against South Africa before slumping to 20 for six in tough conditions on the way to defeat at Lord's.

India and Australia - ranked Nos. It is way bigger than any other sporting event.

And if this tournament doesn't work out then Taylor said his next target was the 2019 World Cup "and after that, we'll see".

"Beating Australia 3-0 in the Chappell-Hadlee in 2007, the last World Cup (when New Zealand made the final for the first time) was pretty special and making the final of the (2009) Champions Trophy was a highlight", he said.

England will learn from their early collapse in Monday's one-day global defeat to South Africa at Lord's, captain Eoin Morgan said ahead of their Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh tomorrow.

Though the players of both camps have tried their best to keep away from the political views and counter views around the match, the undercurrents are palpable given the cautious replies coming from either camps in the build-up to the game.

India might be the team to beat.

MS Dhoni's performance with the bat will be very important for India to defend their title. His three top scores in ODIs are all against India. The India-Pakistan rivalry on a cricket field is unparalleled. The captain averages almost 82 in his last 16 ODI innings and top-scored with 43 in the 2013 final, which was reduced to 20 overs because of rain.

"I saw this game (against Bangladesh) as an opportunity to showcase my skill and it was nice to get some time in the middle".

Ali however, looked confident after his training session and insisted that his team is focused on sticking to their brand of cricket.

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