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Thursday, 08/06/17

MediaCom Sport Round-Up 8th June

Cricket Team

I Don't Like Cricket.... I Love It

Nothing quite spells the arrival of the British Summer than seeing cricket games being called off because of rain. Although the weather has done its best to affect the tournament, the ICC Champions Trophy kicked off this past weekend - an event which sees the eight best ODI teams face off against each other to decide who can earn bragging rights as the best ODI team in the world.

England have gone into this tournament in the very rare position of actually being considered the favorites to come away with the trophy, at least in the eyes of the bookies. This is the second successive ICC Champions Trophy that has been hosted in England and Wales, and four years ago the hosts came so close to finally breaking their duck of winning major ODI tournament. Facing India in a rain affected final, England looked to be on course to seal a famous victory before an all too familiar collapse saw India claim the $2 million prize money by 5 runs. 

However, with a new look side led by Eoin Morgan and featuring a power packed line-up including the big hitting Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, the dynamic Ben Stokes, the 5th highest scoring batsman in the world and even Test captain Joe Root. Hopes are as high as ever that now is the time for England to silence their critics, and for Morgan to be lifting the trophy above his head at the Oval on June 18th.

This tournament jump starts an action packed year of cricket for the Three Lions that has already seen them playing a historic match against Ireland at Lords before defeating South Africa in a three game ODI series. Once the ICC Champions Trophy has been completed South Africa return for a 4 game test series that will see Joe Root take on the Test captaincy for the first time.

The West Indies will then tour England in August and September before England close out the year by jetting off to defend the Ashes against their biggest rivals, the "baggy greens". This slate of cricket from now into January gives this current crop of players the chance to establish themselves as one of the greatest generation of cricketers this country has produced.

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