The Cricket Tier
May 23, 2017
With less than two weeks to go until the opening game of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy here in England, more specifically London, Birmingham and Cardiff where the games will be played. We look at England's preparation and build up, starting with a three series ODI warm up against the visiting South Africans.
Yes, in just seven days time from now we will have a better idea of how well prepared both England and the Proteas are. It'll be a good battle between them for sure but obviously with it being on home territory I believe England will win. I'll go for a 2-1 victory for England with both Joe Root and Kane Williamson being the key factors for their teams. If they can go well in the next week and take their natural class into the tournament we'll certainly be in for a treat.
Batsmen entertain and get runs on the board but with more variant and teams packing their teams with more bowlers, who can still bat, it could well be the bowlers that win this tournament. With Kagiso Rabada being the one to watch for me. Either way, over the 17 days of the tournament there are some absolutely cracking fixtures coming up.
24 WED Bangladesh v New Zealand at Dublin, 6th Match
England v South Africa at Leeds, 1st ODI (day/night)
27 SAT England v South Africa at Southampton, 2nd ODI
29 MON England v South Africa at Lord's, 3rd ODI
1 THU ICC Champions Trophy, England v Bangladesh at The Oval, Group A
2 FRI ICC Champions Trophy Australia v New Zealand at Birmingham, Group A
West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, 1st T20I (night)
3 SAT ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka v South Africa at The Oval, Group B
West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, 2nd T20I (night)
4 SUN ICC Champions Trophy, India v Pakistan at Birmingham, Group B
What a fixture this is and always will be, with I'm imagining over a billion people watching world wide. Edgbaston will be packed too with around 25,000 in there on the Sunday morning. We'd love it to be a classic game of course but India should be winning this and will be the overwhelming favourites ahead of the game. There is always a chance of an upset and if that was to happen it could throw open the whole tournament. We here as neutral fans just want a brilliant but close game.
5 MON ICC Champions Trophy, Australia v Bangladesh at The Oval, Group A (day/night)
West Indies v Afghanistan at Basseterre, 3rd T20I (night)
6 TUE ICC Champions Trophy, England v New Zealand at Cardiff, Group A
7 WED ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan v South Africa at Birmingham, Group B (day/night)
8 THU ICC Champions Trophy, India v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Group B
9 FRI ICC Champions Trophy, New Zealand v Bangladesh at Cardiff, Group A
West Indies v Afghanistan at Gros Islet, 1st ODI (day/night)
10 SAT ICC Champions Trophy, England v Australia at Birmingham, Group A
11 SUN ICC Champions Trophy, India v South Africa at The Oval, Group B
West Indies v Afghanistan at Gros Islet, 2nd ODI (day/night)
12 MON ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Cardiff, Group B
14 WED ICC Champions Trophy, TBD v TBD at Cardiff, 1st Semi-final
West Indies v Afghanistan at Gros Islet, 3rd ODI (day/night)
15 THU ICC Champions Trophy, TBD v TBD at Birmingham, 2nd Semi-final
Scotland v Zimbabwe at Edinburgh, 1st ODI
17 SAT Scotland v Zimbabwe at Edinburgh, 2nd ODI
18 SUN ICC Champions Trophy, TBD v TBD at The Oval, Final