“I have come to a stage where I end up going to India nearly every year and hardly go to Pakistan“.
New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi has admitted surprise at being asked to open the batting for the Black Caps in a Champions Trophy warm-up against India.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt.), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehdi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed. Bangladesh recently rose to No. 6 in the ICC rankings – their highest mark.
Strength in depth: “The players have played together for so long now we know each other so well”. And we deserve the respect we are getting. We must support our team and fans should change their mindset and should highlight the positives.
“But we haven’t all been on the park at the same time for Australia“. As I told you before, it didn’t come easy. Probably one of the most successful teams in the world if you see in the last two years.
After winning a good toss under overcast conditions, Australia chose to test its batting might by taking first strike in a match already shortened to 34-overs-a-side because of bad weather. Group B consists of defending champion India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
England have endured plenty of limited-overs anguish in major tournaments over the years but they have a golden opportunity to claim a first ICC Champions Trophy on home soil. So we just need to carry on those things and keep on improving.
The cricketer scored 310 runs in the tournament.
“We’re looking forward to hopefully playing a few games together if the four of us get picked”, he said. Most of the players in the squad haven’t had a taste of playing in English conditions before.
The top two teams of respective groups will enter the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with the leaders of one group facing the second-ranked team of the other group.
He is known to relish big moments and the ICC Champions Trophy could be the stage he would be waiting to explode. Facing them in real match time will mean good preparation ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan, next Sunday.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent.