Woakes injury a concern for England, says Morgan

  • Woakes injury a concern for England, says Morgan

Woakes injury a concern for England, says Morgan

In a clinical chase against Bangladesh, Joe Root's unbeaten 133 from 129 balls helped England to beat Bangladesh by eight wickets with more than two overs to spare, in the first encounter of Champions Trophy 2017, on Thursday.

Root posted his 10th one-day worldwide century, off 115 deliveries, and hit one six and 11 fours in his highest score in this format of the game.

Woakes was already on his way to try to find out the extent of his injury while Morgan welcomed England's confidence-boosting win but found himself also discussing the likely absence of such a key bowler.

Bangladesh will now face Australia while England will take on New Zealand in their next group clash of the eight-team marquee event.

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza added: "In the middle patches we couldn't get any wickets and Root and Morgan took the game away from us".

Put in to bat, both openers Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar (28) started the innings on a steady note as they forged a 56-run partnership before Sarkar was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes in the 12th over.

Woakes, a key member of England's one-day global side, managed just two overs with the new ball against the Tigers before going off with a left side strain and played no further part in a match where the all-rounder was not required to bat.

Eoin Morgan and his England team-mates have been revived
GETTY Eoin Morgan and his England team-mates have been revived

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. "You know, when one of your main bowlers can only bowl two overs, it's asking a lot of the rest of the team to be able to stem the flow", he said.

"But he's been important to us in the last two years, the way he plays at the top of the order, so for us to do well in this tournament, one of the things we will need is Jason playing well".

His calming presence allows the big-hitters around him a freedom to play their natural game and Alex Hales demonstrated the tactic impeccably by smashing a belligerent 95 in his 159-run partnership with the Yorkshireman.

However, he claimed the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan the Bangladesh innings stuttered to a close, Plunkett picking up his fourth wicket in the final over. But Liam Plunkett ran in to bowl the 45 and proved to be the thorn in Bangladesh's progress. Sabbir Rahman scored a quick 24 out of 15 deliveries.

Bangladesh started well, and will be disappointed that they could manage only 305.

Not known as a big-hitter, Root later lofted Rubel Hossain for a straight six and ended the match with a four off Mossadek Hossain.

Root's two off Mortaza took him to a 10th ODI hundred in 115 balls with six fours.