With latest batting failure, Roy proving England's weak link


England collapsed to 20 for six in their final pre-tournament one-day global against South Africa at Lord's on Monday.

Following victories at Headingley and the Rose Bowl to secure a series victory, England suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the third and final One-Day International at Lord s, reduced to 20 for six after just five overs before being bowled out for 153 as South Africa prevailed by seven wickets. England has a habit of losing wickets early in quick succession case in point the 3rd ODI against South Africa.

England coach Trevor Bayliss accepted the Yorkshireman could force his way in come the Champions Trophy, telling Sky Sports: "He's doing everything he possibly can do".

England will be sweating on the fitness of Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes so they can look to make a positive start to their campaign. Jason Roy is part of our strong opening partnership with Alex Hales, and he'll definitely play. But Morgan indicated Roy would remain at the top of the order for the clash with the Tigers, despite Bairstow's fine form.

"I thought he was terribly unlucky today", Morgan said. "It's the hardest thing telling Jonny he's not playing and he's done nothing wrong". His struggles were brought into sharper focus by Hales and Joe Root combining after Roy's departure for a second-wicket stand of 159 to help England to an eight-wicket win in Group A.

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Defeat came just three days before England opens the Champions Trophy against Bangladesh at The Oval, with Morgan s men favourites to lift the trophy come June 18 a victory that would mark the side's first world ICC 50-over title.

"It was very satisfying to get the hundred and the team over the line". Bangladesh also finds themselves in a position where Captain Mortaza is trying to play down expectations despite promising progress over the last 5 years in the cricketing world. They are pretty happy with it.

"We knew conditions were in favour of the bowlers ... and you've got a chance against England, because they play that expansive brand of cricket".

On the result, Root added: "It is a great statement of intent and it fills us with confidence going into the next game". Rabada, meanwhile, was optimistic about the Proteas' Champions Trophy chances.