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On India s opening match against arch rivals Pakistan on June 4, Saha said, "It is better to not look at which opposition we are playing".

Over the course of the previous seven editions of the Champions Trophy, England has won 11 of their 21 matches and lost 10.

The opening batsman has passed 20 only once in his last eight one-day innings for England but this has not shaken the faith of Morgan, who also said he expects all-rounder Ben Stokes to bowl in Thursday's opening game against Bangladesh, at The Kia Oval. The 30-year-old vowed the team would give its best in every game.

Though, England have many winning memories than Bangladesh including the series which happened previous year. And while de Villiers admits series defeat to England was not how South Africa would have liked to have started its ICC Champions Trophy campaign, he insists it will do little to knock its focus from the task at hand.

VVS Laxman feels that India have such bowling riches that captain Virat Kohli can look at six different men from their Champions Trophy squad to do the job for them. After Bangladesh had beaten England by five runs in Bristol 2010, the scenario changed.

As far as the mindset was concerned, it made me realise that I cannot do everything in every game.

You will be batting and playing against the snails. As mentioned before, the England is really strong on recent days, so the team will create a big score today. "He'll definitely play", Morgan said. It is expected that the team will reach around 350 runs with the help of Buttler's final touches.

But the ending was not as great as the beginning, Liam Plunkett removing the duo in successive balls and Shakib Al Hasan also failing to rise to the occasion. We also need to remember that the 2019 World Cup is going to be in England.

The Bangladesh middle order Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib, and Mahmudullah will play game slowly or will out frequently with the interval of three overs each.

Morgan, however, was having none of it on the eve of England's Champions Trophy opener at The Oval against Bangladesh - the team who ended their hopes in the last World Cup, by beating them in Adelaide.

England have never won a global 50-over tournament. Otherthan, Bangladesh have more chances to win the game.

"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", he added.

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