Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

All-rounder Stoinis cleared to play Champions Trophy

All-rounder Stoinis cleared to play Champions Trophy

"In 2015 we didn't play well but we were confident going into it and you need to be aware of that because tournament cricket is very different to playing a series", he said.

Chris Woakes insists he'll be fit and ready to resume his worldwide duties for England against South Africa next week, despite coming off the back of a draining - but ultimately successful - maiden stint in the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders.

"I have not won a Champions Trophy before and obviously the desire is there".

But after it emerged that a trio of IPL players - Woakes, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler - will be excused some of the more physical sessions at the pre-tournament warm-up camp on account of fatigue, Woakes maintained they will start the Champions Trophy on June 1, in ideal shape.

Proteas team management have banned the player's wives and girlfriends from the national team for the duration of the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom next month in a bid to have the squad fully focused on the event. That's what I will take into the ODIs, bowling to guys like [MS] Dhoni and [Glenn] Maxwell, you know you've been there before. Australia then play another warm-up clash against Pakistan on May 29 before starting their campaign on June 3 against New Zealand.

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"People in South Africa might say it's an easy draw for us, playing sub-continent teams in the United Kingdom where the ball might move around". "With worldwide cricket, the schedules are very hectic", he said.

"How we went about winning those games are things we will look to employ when we get to the Champions Trophy", said Domingo.

"You know as a bowler that it's going to be a tough challenge in one-day cricket, so you have to take it on the chin when you go around the park a bit". It will be hard to qualify from but I think we've got the players who are more than capable of doing that. "You are under huge pressure as a player to perform, and it is good to be put in those positions". "The fact that I did was quite a shock".

"I think it is a good move not to have family members during the tournament‚ it is a short tournament of only five games in total if you go to the final".

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