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England's ICC Champions Trophy 2006 campaign
ICC Champions Trophy 2006
Group A, Match 5 WIN vs ENG: Consolation three-wicket win for England
Oct 28, 2006Pietersen hit nine fours and a six in his unbeaten 90 as he guided England to a 3 wicket victory with nine balls to spare. Earlier Flintoff bowled for the first time since an ankle surgery but failed to take any wickets as West Indies hit 272-4. For Windies Gayle (101) put on 174 for the second wicket with Bravo (112) in the Champions Trophy match in Ahmedabad. West Indies (Playing XI) :C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, B C Lara, R S Morton, M N Samuels, F H Edwards, D J Bravo, C S Baugh, C D Collymore, J E Taylor
England (Playing XI) :A J Strauss, I R Bell, A Flintoff, M H Yardy, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, J W M Dalrymple, C M W Read, S I Mahmood, J Lewis, J M Anderson
ICC Champions Trophy, Ahmedabad: West Indies 272-4 lost to England 276-7 by three wickets
Windies looks like champion material
Oct 28, 2006After beating two of the best sides in the tournament World champions Australia and hosts India - West Indies's entry into the semifinals is guaranteed. And after losing to the same two teams, and now having to face West Indies, England is a totally off-colour team with no confidence. England is continuing a poor run in limited-overs games which has seen nine defeats in 12 matches. However, the English captain Andrew Flintoff says they are determined to finish the tournament with a flourish in Ahmedabad.
"We're playing for pride - and pride's a strong thing - so we'll go in there trying to beat the West Indies and go home on a high. West Indies Captain Brian Lara, meanwhile, has dismissed suggestions that they might rest key players, including himself, for the England game. "It's important that we get the best team out there. We don't want to have a hiccup at this time," he explained.
Group A, Match 3 ENG vs AUS: England faces early exit
Oct 21, 2006England lost by 6 wickets after their batting failed again in the Champions Trophy game in Jaipur. They were bowled out for 169 by Australia who reached the target in 36.5 overs. Birthday boy Damien Martyn scored an effortless 78 after Australia's top order cracked under pressure for the second consecutive match, losing 3-4. But Martyn, who hit 12 boundaries and faced 91 deliveries, combined with Mike Hussey for a match-winning partnership of 118 for the fourth wicket.
Earlier Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson, the two youngest members of the Australian team, took three wickets each after England had reached 83-0. Only Ian Bell (43) and Andrew Strauss (56) shone in a total of 169. Even a victory over West Indies is now unlikely to secure England a semi-final place. They were shot out for 125 by India at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium last Sunday in their opener. Meanwhile the win put Australia back in the hunt for a semi-final place in the tournament, with another key game to come against India on October 29.England (Playing XI): A J Strauss, I R Bell, A Flintoff, M H Yardy, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, J W M Dalrymple, C M W Read, S I Mahmood, S J Harmison, J M Anderson
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M E K Hussey, M G Johnson, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
ICC Champions Trophy, Jaipur, Australia 170-4 (36.5 overs) bt England 169 (45 overs) by six wickets
Australia, England clash in a battle for survival
Oct 20, 2006World champions Australia and 2004 finalists England clash in a sudden-death Group A Champions Trophy match on saturday. The match is slated in the North-western city of Jaipur on the day India celebrates Deepavali, the festival of lights, which is marked by ear-splitting fireworks that begin at dusk and continue for hours, leaving a dark haze of smoke and heavily polluted air.
Andrew Flintoff, captaining England against Australia for the first time, will be batting at the number 3 position. Australian captain Ponting played down the significance of the result before the Ashes, pointing out that not many of his team would be in Test action.
Both teams have lost their first of the three group league matches and must win their second one at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here to keep their challenge going for the game's second most coveted title after the World Cup. While India beat England here Sunday, defending champions West Indies stunned Australia in Mumbai Wednesday night to throw the group wide open in the eight-nation tournament. Australia will, however, start with a slight psychological edge as they have beaten England in their last two head-to-head matches. But that was three months ago and in a completely different environment, in England in the NatWest Challenge. Australia won that series 2-1 in July. Another remarkable statistic that would encourage the Australians is that in the last 22 matches they have beaten England 16 times, lost only three matches, one has ended in a tie and one in a 'no result'. Both teams will be well aware of the dew factor - and the importance of winning the toss - that will come into play for the team that bats second under lights, as it was evident when England bowled Sunday evening against India here. Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen, Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson
England team (from): Andrew Flintoff (Captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, James Dalrymple, Steve Harmison, Ed Joyce, Sajid Mahmood, Jon Lewis, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Read (Wicket Keeper), Andrew Strauss and Michael Yardy
Group A, Match 1 IND vs ENG: India starts tourney with stuttering win
Oct 15, 2006India made heavy weather of a small target chasing 126 to beat England in the ICC Champions Trophy opener in Jaipur. Tendulkar scored 35 and Yuvraj Singh remained not out on 27 as India managed to reach 126/6 in 29.3 overs.
Earlier Munaf Patel and Ramesh Powar each took three wickets after England were out for 125, captain Andrew Flintoff out for a duck in his 100th ODI. Dravid won the toss and decided to bowl first, having his team packed with five bowlers.
The best performance from any batsman in the match was Paul Collingwood's 38. England (Playing XI): A Flintoff (Captain), AJ Strauss, IR Bell, MH Yardy, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, JWM Dalrymple, CMW Read, SI Mahmood, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson
India (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, AB Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, RR Powar, MM Patel
ICC Champions Trophy Group A, Jaipur: India 126/6 (29.3 ov) beat England 125 all out (37 overs) by 4 wickets
India, England kick off Champions Trophy
Oct 14, 2006Champions Trophy hosts India will kick start three weeks of intense action among the world's top eight teams with the opening main round match against 2004 finalists England in Jaipur on Sunday.
The teams face off in the first fixture in Group A, which also includes England's Ashes rivals Australia, who are thirsting to win the one title that has eluded them since the biennial event began in 1998. Prior to the main tournament, defending champions West Indies and Sri Lanka advanced from a four-team qualifying league by virtue of wins over minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe this week. The two meet on Saturday to decide which nation tops the group and joins former winners South Africa and New Zealand in Group B along with Pakistan. The loser of the match will go into Group A.
England skipper Andrew Flintoff returns after ankle surgery with one eye on the Ashes series starting in Australia on Nov 23 and hoping to atone for a 5-1 ODI series rout in India in April. The inspirational all rounder may only bat after announcing he would not bowl in the early stages of the event to avoid breaking down. India are under pressure after their form dip led to a 4-1 series defeat in West Indies, who also pipped them to the final against winners Australia in the Malaysia tri-series last month. England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), AJ Strauss, IR Bell, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, MH Yardy, JWM Dalrymple, CMW Read, SJ Harmison, JP Lewis, JM Anderson, SI Mahmood.
India (from): R Dravid (Captain), S Tendulkar, V Sehwag, Y Singh, M Kaif, S Raina, D Mongia, M Dhoni, I Pathan, A Agarkar, H Singh, M Patel, R Pratap Singh, R Powar.
ICC Champions Trophy Cricket 2006
Oct 7 to Nov 5 2006Qualifying round
England Team1. Andrew Flintoff (Captain), 2. James Anderson, 3. Ian Bell, 4. Rikki Clarke, 5. Paul Collingwood, 6. Jamie Dalrymple, 7. Stephen Harmison, 8. Edmund Joyce, 9. Jonathan Lewis, 10. Sajid Mahmood, 11. Kevin Pietersen, 12. Chris Read (Wicket Keeper), 13. Andrew Strauss, 14. Michael Yardy
England Match SchedulesCurrent ODI Ranking: 8
October 15, 2006 vs India Jaipur
October 21, 2006 vs Australia Jaipur
October 28, 2006 vs Qualifier 2 Motera
England Past ICC Champions Trophy RecordMatches Played: 9
Matches Won: 5
Matches Lost: 4
Performance in 2004: Runners-up
Performance in 2002: Group Stage
Performance in 2000: Quarter-Finalists
Performance in 1998: Quarter-Finalists