Champions Trophy 2017: Joe Root 'thrilled' after England's comprehensive win against Bangladesh

Joe Root, who scored his 10th ODI hundred, was thrilled at England getting their Champions Trophy campaign off to an emphatic start.

"There's a lot of confidence in the dressing room, we back each other and it rubs off on everyone," said Root after title favourites Englandbeat Bangladeshby eight wickets.

"Nice to know you've got guys like Ben Stokes waiting to come in. The plan was to make sure we had plenty of wickets in hand at the back end and one of the top four being not out between 70 and 100. We did a really good job."

Joe Root scored an unbeaten 133. AFP

Joe Root scored an unbeaten 133. AFP

"The plan worked out today; thrilled to bits to get off to a good start," said Root after Englandchased down 305 for six in 47.2 overs.

Captain Eoin Morgan, who smashed an unbeaten 75, was all praise for Root, who remained unbeaten on 133.

"When the guys bat like that, it's certainly a lot easier than it used to be. Joe Rootand an in-form Alex Hales are huge factors," he said.

"Joe is the glue in our side, he's scored a lot of runs, he's not slow, it's at pace and today he was outstanding."

On his own performance, he said: "I want to lead from the front this tournament. We've put ourselves in a good position after this game with two more to go in the group stages."

On pacer Chris Woakes' fitness, Morgan added: "It is unfortunate that Chris Woakes limped out. Chris is the biggest concern, has to go for a scan, the rest of the guys aren't a major worry. We'll assess everything in the morning."

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza felt 305 on The Oval wicket was not enough.

"I think 305 was a little bit short. They batted really well and took the game away from us."

"Initially, getting used to the pitch, the openers took a bit of time; at the end, when we had wickets in hand, we should have done better."

"First match we decided to go with eight batters, but we have to think about it. The main bowlers must bowl better," said Mortaza.


Published Date: Jun 02, 2017 03:14 pm | Updated Date: Jun 02, 2017 03:14 pm


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