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Champions Trophy 2017: England probable playing XI

Aadya Sharma
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31 May 2017, 23:32 IST

Middle-order

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  England batsman Joe Root hits out during the 2nd Royal London One Day International between England and South Africa at The Ageas Bowl on May 27, 2017 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Joe Root
The cornerstone of England’s batting irrespective of the format, Root has emerged as one of the most versatile batsmen in the current generation, changing his game to suit the format with ease. 
 
He got off to a couple of good starts against South Africa recently, but could not carry on after the 30s. He has been bowling regularly in the recent past, which can be an additional plus to the English bowling.
 
Eoin Morgan
A respected captain who knows his troops inside out, Morgan has been the silent man behind England’s rise in limited overs cricket. An experienced campaigner who has played T20s round the world with the best of players, Morgan’s astute captaincy can be a big plus for the England team’s pursuit of their first major 50-over title.
 
As a player, his own form has been positive, riding on the 107 he scored against South Africa in the first ODI of the ongoing series. 
 

 
Jos Buttler

The hard-hitting batsman, who will also reprise the wicket-keeping duties, especially with Jonny Bairstow out of reckoning and Jason Roy getting the heads up. A blazing strokeplayer who has helped England get some new-found swagger, Buttler's hard hitting has seen him become a vital piece in their batting line-up.

He scored an unbeaten 65 in the second ODI against South Africa, and would be looking to put his IPL 2017 form behind him, one that saw him score just one fifty in 10 games.

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