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Champions Trophy: Australia-Pakistan warm-up match washed out

Champions Trophy: Australia-Pakistan warm-up match washed out

It can finish at the bottom and it can wear the crown.

The team will be also without the services of Umar Akmal, who failed a fitness test. Under the captaincy of Alastair Cook, England missed the title by runs in the 2013 edition of the Champions Trophy. Dinesh is an outstanding player, we just wanted to give him a longer run.

Haris Sohail was a late addition to the squad, coming in for Umar Akmal, with Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief national selector, saying he was impressed by Sohail's domestic feats.

Bangladesh reached the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals and then posted consecutive one day series victories against Pakistan, India and South Africa to zoom up the rankings.

"The only slight concern I have for India is that its selection was perhaps a little conservative, but it is still very strong", he said.

Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson are all fit and poised to bowl together given conducive conditions at the tournament in England and Wales. There is a splendid combination of trusted and ambitious players. It used to trail behind other teams in terms of its strategy and approach, but now it is one of the most progressive teams.

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That will give them momentum and we will feel guilty, they would take advantage and I was anxious at that stage. I was playing very well and the team was winning, scoring a lot of goals and defending well.

Playing in their second warm-up match, defending champions made short work of their sub-continental neighbour bowling them out for 84 in 23.5 overs at the Oval after piling up a commanding 324 for 7. Can Dhoni push the clock back and turn match-winner again and can Yuvraj be consistent like he has been in ICC tournaments? This game was a chance for me to showcase my skills and I am happy that I could do that.

"Ab koi muqabla nahi raha India Pakistan ka (India-Pakistan match is not the contest it used to be)".

The team is a mix of youth and experience, with Sarfraz Ahmed set for first ICC event as captain. He brings calmness to a camp that relies on impulsive stroke-makers to show the way.

In Shoaib Malik the team has a vastly experienced all-rounder, who keeps his best for the big moments. He has the flawless attitude and exactly the attitude you want from your players.

"As a sportsman I just want to be bothered about cricket on the field". Ashraf will be in the company of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali, who make up the side's pace attack. Wahab Riaz rounds out the quartet and has revelled at times as the team's enforcer over the past couple of years. This was not won them many games of significance in recent times, especially when chasing larger totals, as was the case during the winter in Australia.


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