Joe Root said England's emphatic win over Bangladesh fills them with confidence
The England batsman hit an unbeaten 133 as Eoin Morgan’s side chased down 306 at The Oval with 16 balls to spare.
And while the victory came at a cost, with scans expected to confirm Chris Woakes will play no further part in the tournament after suffering a side strain, it was one which Root insisted England can build on.
“It is a great statement but more than anything it fills us with confidence going into the next game [against New Zealand],” he said. “It is a really good start and something to build on and hopefully we can do that.”
Woakes’ injury after bowling just two overs early in the day was a blow to England’s planning and when Root suffered a calf strain halfway through his own innings the victory looked to be coming at too high a cost.
England successfully chased down Bangladesh's total of 306 with 16 balls to spare
Root later insisted his own difficulties at the crease were the result of “cramp” and maintained he would be fine for the match against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday.
“It is alright and looks like it was just a bit of cramp – I must not have eaten well enough this morning or taken the fluids on in the first half. And batting in a long sleeve shirt and a jumper was not ideal either,” he said.
“I did that [go over on ankle] to try and take the pressure off the calf. I don’t see it as too big an issue. Obviously I have seen the medical team – they are pretty happy and I am pretty happy with it. It seemed to ease off at the back end of the innings.”
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Root attempted to play down the injury but Woakes was set for a scan last night and looks likely to be facing weeks rather than days on the sidelines.
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Captain Eoin Morgan admitted that the bowler would be a “big loss” if, as seems likely, he can play no further part in this Champions Trophy campaign.
“He’s obviously been very impressive for us over the last couple of years, and a mainstay, very reliable guy. And it is a worry when he goes off the field and can’t come back on and bowl,” said the skipper.
“Side strains are a big confidence thing, aren’t they. But yes, he would definitely be a loss if he couldn’t play.”