Champions Trophy: England opt to field against Bangladesh in opener

New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot against Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A cricket match between Australia

New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot against Australia during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A cricket match between Australia

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza felt 305 on The Oval wicket was enough.

South Africa starts its Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday, as it chases its first title since the tournament's inaugural year in 1998, in what was then called the ICC Knockout Trophy.

England, with numerous current squad involved, eventually needed 20 off 16 balls with six wickets in hand - an unlosable position from which they duly lost to India.

Several batsmen tried to hit their way out of trouble against Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell despite accurate bowling from the new-ball duo made more unsafe by cloudy skies and a green-tinged pitch.

England were rarely troubled during their run-chase and Root, England's recently-appointed Test captain, said: "We are a (one-day) side that are getting better at it (chasing totals in excess of 300)".

On pacer Chris Woakes' fitness, Morgan added: "It is unfortunate that Chris Woakes limped out".

England have been transformed since their dismal World Cup performance two years ago, with their power batting making them even more formidable in their own conditions.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham during the ICC Champions Trophy
Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham during the ICC Champions Trophy

Asked if Roy s place would be under threat if he didn t come good in the first couple of group games, Morgan replied: "I can not see it (Roy s position) changing". The team have the biggest plus that the matches will be played on their home soil. "From that point of view the message won't change".

Roy, so unequivocally backed by Morgan to open for the entire tournament despite his lack of runs, had to reflect on his fifth single-figure score in his last six ODI innings after paddling an attempted ramp-sweep just within the clutches of short fine-leg - where Mustafizur Rahman held a memorable leaping catch above his head. Liam Plunkett had just given England a way back into the game with two quick wickets. "He really has scored a lot of runs for us over the last couple of years and he continues to do it".

"That's a decision we have got to make". "Those things happen when you can't seem to score runs but we back him - he's been brilliant for us", Morgan said.

And while the victory came at a cost, with scans expected to confirm Chris Woakes will play no further part in the tournament after suffering a side strain, it was one which Root insisted England can build on.

Bangladesh star Tamim Iqbal tried his best to help his side secure a victory in the opening encounter of the Champions Trophy 2017, but Ben Root spilled water on their hopes by slamming a terrific 133 not out.

Meanwhile Bayliss reckoned there was little to be gained from asking Roy to rein himself in. The result rarely looked in danger, as England reached their target with 16 balls remaining.

"We've got a chance", he said.

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