Eoin Morgan's Twenty20 side looked set to be crowned World Twenty20 champions in India previous year before Carlos Brathwaite's dramatic blitz in the final over from Ben Stokes gave West Indies a sensational victory in Kolkata. "We will unleash our best pace attack, maybe three or four fast bowlers if needed, or a combination of spin and pace", he said.
However, he bowled just one more over in his spell before leaving the field for treatment, and a statement from the European Central Bank later confirmed that he was being assessed for a left side strain. "I think it could be the most competitive games you could be part of before something like Champions Trophy".
According to Chappell, Australia, India, England and South Africa are the teams that will make it to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. The defending champions will start their Champions Trophy campaign on June 4 against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston.
Nevertheless, Azhar said: "Wahab has recovered well so we have no doubt that he will be fit to play".
"It doesn't really bother me what the bookies think to be perfectly honest", Smith said. On the other hand, it is for the first time that the West Indies have lost their place in the Champions Trophy. India will look for the historic first title which will it first team to win it thrice. The batsmen are in good knick.
"He hadn t gotten runs in a warm-up game against New Zealand, and then was a huge part of us getting to the final of that T20 tournament", Morgan recalled. And in both the games, India managed to bundle out the opposition inside 40 overs. Both the teams have suffered huge losses in the previous games they have played. Mashrafe Mortaza would want his boys to show some teeth in the tournament opener after suffering a 240-run loss against India in their second warm-up match.
Laxman praised the Indian batsmen for showing the temperament and skills in English conditions.
He added: "England are a very good side. I hope that I am picked, but that is up to the team management so let's see how this goes", PakPassion.net quoted Sohail as saying. Tigers are looking in good touch and played some brilliant match at the Sri Lanka and Ireland tour. When asked about the importance of the tournament Laxman differed from his former teammate's comment.
"We're still ranked the No.1 team in the world going into the tournament, so there are quite a few reasons for us to be confident, but we're still humbled at the same time and know that we have to work hard and take it one step at a time to win this".