Morgan’s men get early chance to tame the Tigers and earn World Cup revenge

England cricket team captain Eoin Morgan
England cricket team captain Eoin Morgan
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England have been drawn against Australia at next summer’s ICC Champions Trophy, and will also get the chance to avenge their World Cup elimination by Bangladesh.

New Zealand are the fourth team in Group A, while Pakistan and India will resume their rivalry in Group B alongside South Africa and Sri Lanka.

The tournament’s opening fixture, on June 1 at The Oval, will be between England and Bangladesh. England’s loss to the Tigers sealed Eoin Morgan’s side’s early exit from the World Cup last March, prompting an overhaul of their one-day game.

“As a group, it’s a big thing for us, given that we came together just over 12 months ago and are growing so much, at quite a rapid pace,” said England’s one-day captain Morgan, who featured in that defeat by Bangladesh where they will tour from October to November this year.

“We’ve hopefully kept a squad of around 15, 16 players together, and it’ll be interesting to see where we’re at in comparison to the rest of the world. It’ll be a really important step.

“The tournament holds a special place in my heart, it kick-started my career.”

The tournament’s final will also take place at The Oval, on June 18 as the 15th match in 18 days; Cardiff and Edgbaston will be the other two venues on the third occasion England are hosts.