Jason Roy reassured of England place despite poor form

Hope Soto
June 2, 2017

But ultimately, far from Bangladesh gatecrashing the party, the hosts just arrived late to it. Plunkett's wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim (79) off consecutive balls in the 45th over stemmed the flow of runs, while England's exploits with the bat silenced the crowd.

But there was no hiding Morgan's concern regarding Woakes, with the skipper telling reporters: "It is a worry when he goes off the field and can't come back on and bowl". He would definitely be a loss if he couldn't play.

A day which finished in positive manner had got off to an ominous start when Woakes had to retire hurt after delivering just two overs. Roy and Root looking for their best in this match.

When the ball has stopped swinging and any early juice has gone from the pitch, England look to Plunkett's pace and bounce to offer a wicket-taking threat in the middle overs and knock the opposition off their stride. England coach Trevor Bayliss said that despite the debacle at Lord's, the team will not give up their aggressive intent and will continue to play fearless cricket.

Root too was clearly inconvenienced by what appeared at first to be an ankle twisted as he set off for a run, but he later described as cramp in his calf.

England won the toss and chose to field first as they went with a five-man seam attack along with Moeen Ali as the spin bowling option while Bangladesh went on win an extended batting line-up.

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Root constructed his innings cautiously as they were chasing a total of 306 and opener Jason Roy departed cheaply. He's not played white-ball cricket for England for over a year, but the possible absence of Woakes deprives Morgan of experience in his attack, and we saw how Jake Ball found it tough in his first major tournament.

"I have never seen a team win a global tournament playing defensively". Eoin Morgan has also confirmed that Jason Roy will keep his place - despite his modest form at the top of the order and that will mean that Jonny Bairstow will have to wait for his opportunity. "It was quite smart, bowling a slower ball from the opening bowler and courageous".

Other options are Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Curran, but with Broad you've got a guy who has an aura. "We (still) believe in him".

Bangladesh Playing 11: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mosaddek Hossain, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe said: "Obviously it (the defeat to India) affects the confidence a little bit, but this is a practice game". But Bangladesh lost both the settled batsman in back-to-back deliveries, with Liam Plunkett getting the wickets.

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