ENG­LAND THE FAVOURITES

Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy hosts de­serve the tag with tal­ented team

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON the June 1-18 tour­na­ment.

“The team we have at the mo­ment, we de­serve that tag,” Moeen told the Bri­tish me­dia.

“Play­ing at home is go­ing to make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence and hope­fully we can win the tro­phy.”

Eng­land lost to In­dia in the fi­nal when they hosted the previous edi­tion of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in 2013 and also fin­ished run­nerup to West Indies in the World Twenty20 in In­dia last year.

Spin-bowl­ing all-rounder Moeen hoped the team would be third time lucky.

“We have lost a cou­ple of fi­nals re­cently but over the last cou­ple of years we have played very well in prepa­ra­tion for this tro­phy,” the 29-year-old said.

“Hope­fully if we get to the fi­nal we can over­come the fi­nal step and win it. We have gained ex­pe­ri­ence from the T20 World Cup so it will def­i­nitely help us.”

Mor­gan’s side have switched to an at­tack­ing brand of cricket since the World Cup exit two years ago and cur­rently boast of a slew of hard-hit­ting bats­men who are ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing any bowl­ing at­tack.

“The mind­set of the play­ers has changed,” Moeen said, laud­ing the im­pact of Mor­gan.

“He wants us to play with­out fear and to hit the lights out.”

The hosts are grouped along­side 50-over world cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Bangladesh in the tour­na­ment which fea­tures the top eight sides. Reuters

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Eng­land squad have un­der­gone trans­for­ma­tion since 2015.

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