Monday, 23 October, 2017

Side strain rules out Chris Woakes for remainder of the Champions Trophy

Andrew Cummings | 03 June, 2017, 07:29

The paceman bowled just two overs at the start of hosts England s eight-wicket opening win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday before suffering a side strain that has ruled him out of the rest of a tournament featuring the world s top eight one-day worldwide teams. I knew we needed a 330-plus total. "But I would still say that we had Mustafiz and Shakib who are genuine bowlers but they couldn't get the ball to grip on the wicket".

Morgan and Root took England home but though this was a powerful batting display, they will be anxious about Woakes - who is due to have a scan tonight.

"Morgan added: "(Bairstow) has been very good when he's come in but one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way we play, and the freedom, is backing that up with (consistent) selection".

"We need more variety in our attack". Liam Plunkett finished the match with figures of 4-59 and Stokes and Jake Ball each claimed a wicket apiece.

Earlier Tamim Iqbal's 128 was the centrepiece of Bangladesh's 305 for six after they lost the toss.

Ahead of India's much-awaited game against Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy, fans and cricketers across the world have been giving their opinions regarding the high-voltage encounter.

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The news was confirmed by a statement released by England and Wales Cricket Board.

It is a sign of just how far the Warwickshire all-rounder has risen in the past 12 months that his injury represents a genuine blow to England's chances of winning their first ever 50-over global tournament.

302 Runs added by England's second and third wicket partnerships in this match, their most in an ODI. The six came off Moeen Ali - an inside out lofted shot over long-off.

Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed in the sunshine but the left-hander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11 fours.

While a timescale for Woakes' recovery remains uncertain, things can get especially tricky if the injury involves damage to the intercostal muscles, because, even when fully recovered, fast bowlers in particular find it hard to hit the crease with their usual aggression for fear of suffering a relapse.

Roy, on his Surrey home ground, saw an attempted scoop off Mortaza brilliantly caught by a leaping Mustafizur Rahman at short fine leg. They played the ball to its merit and waited for the loose balls. Both men could find themselves in trouble with the match referee - Stokes for his clash with Tamim, Tamim for his reaction after believing he had taken a clean catch to dismiss Morgan for 22, only for the batsman to be reprieved.

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