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England and Bangladesh aim to banish batting blues

AFP
Published : Jun 1, 2017, 1:47 am IST
Updated : Jun 1, 2017, 1:47 am IST

Even in June, early morning cloud cover that aids swing is often a key part of English cricket conditions.

England’s Jason Roy at a training session. ( Photo: AP)
 England’s Jason Roy at a training session. ( Photo: AP)

London: Spectators have long been advised to get to sporting events early and they could miss the key part of Thursday’s Champions Trophy opener between England and Bangladesh at the Oval if they aren’t in on time.

Even in June, early morning cloud cover that aids swing is often a key part of English cricket conditions.

The proof came as recently as Monday when, across London at Lord’s, England collapsed to 20/6 in five overs — the worst start in one-day international history — against the South Africa new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell.

A green-tinged pitch did not find favour with England captain Eoin Morgan but even on more placid surfaces the issue of how best to bat under grey skies, which can often set in all day in England, as many a cold fan knows, remains.

Bangladesh highlighted the issue in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title- holders India’s 324/7 in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday.

Defeat by 240 runs was certainly not want Bangladesh wanted any more than England, a much-improved one-day side since the Tigers knocked them out of the 2015 World Cup, wished to see their top order suffer such a spectacular slump against South Africa, even if they were already 2-0 up in the three-match series.

Yet it says something about England’s current ‘white-ball’ approach that Jonny Bairstow, their only batsman to make a fifty at Lord’s, may not play at the Oval if all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are fully fit.

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