Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy with side strain

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

Woakes had bowled two overs in the eight-wicket win over Bangladesh before leaving the field.

But after he departed for a well-made 128, the following batsmen could not build on his effort and though they notched up 305 for six, they ended up at least 30 runs short.

Bangladesh threatened the same punishment in their first one-day global on English soil in seven years by producing their highest score against England, and the eighth-best total in trophy history, 40 runs more than their previous best.

Bairstow has played three ODIs for England this summer for scores of 10no, 72no and 51 and blasted his way to 174 for Yorkshire in England's domestic 50-over competition.


England was immediately regretting the decision after a side strain forced opening bowler Chris Woakes off after only 2 overs which meant a reshuffle of overs was required from captain Eoin Morgan. The major breakthrough came for England when they claimed the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahman who scored 79 but by then, the score card read as 263.

While England decide who will be his injury replacement, Plunkett has delivered an assurance that he is up for the challenge of leading England's attack over the next two-and-a-half weeks.

"Would he make it into an England side on the runs he's got?"

He did particularly well to battle through after appearing to twist his ankle early on, and his fitness for the remainder of the tournament will be a big concern for England.


Root, whose right calf began cramping midway through his innings, finished the match with a pair of boundaries - Nos. It was the first time that 300 was successfully chased in the tournament history.

"And it is a worry when he goes off the field and can't come back on and bowl", English captain Eoin Morgan had said after the match against Bangladesh.

And Jason Roy, a day after Morgan guaranteed his tournament place, fell for just one - his fifth single figure score in his last six ODI innings. They adapted to the longer boundary pretty well, and to wicket - it was a really good wicket to bat on. Liam Plunkett did the most damage, taking out Tamim and Mushfiqur in successive deliveries.

It took the part-time leg-spin of Sabbir Rahman (13) to eventually break the 159-run stand, Hales caught in the deep as he looked to bring up his hundred with a six, having taken 10 from the two previous deliveries. However the deadly pace attacks of Australia and New Zealand will no doubt present a sterner task and perhaps a glimmer of hope for those who still can't quite adjust to an ODI tournament with a competent-looking England.


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