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Batting blues haunt England, Bangladesh

Batting blues haunt England, Bangladesh
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Spectators have long been advised to get to sporting events early and they could miss the key part of Thursday\'s Champions Trophy opener between England and Bangladesh at the Oval if they aren\'t in on time.Even in June, early morning cloud cover that aids swing is often a key part of English cricket conditions.

London: Spectators have long been advised to get to sporting events early and they could miss the key part of Thursday's Champions Trophy opener between England and Bangladesh at the Oval if they aren't in on time.Even in June, early morning cloud cover that aids swing is often a key part of English cricket conditions.

The proof came as recently as Monday when, across London at Lord's, England collapsed to 20 for six in five overs — the worst start in one-day international history — against the South Africa new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell.
A green-tinged pitch did not find favour with England captain Eoin Morgan but even on more placid surfaces the issue of how best to bat under grey skies, which can often set in all day in England, as many a cold fan knows, remains.

Bangladesh highlighted the issue in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title-holders India's 324 for seven in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday.Defeat by 240 runs was certainly not Bangladesh wanted any more than England, a much-improved one-day side since the Tigers knocked them out of the 2015 World Cup.

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