ICC Champions Trophy now in its eighth outing is One Day International cricket of the highest order with the host nation and the top seven ranked teams in the world battling it out to be crowned ODI Champions.
This year's tournament will be split between three venues - The Oval, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Sophia Gardens.
England, as hosts, are first up against Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday 1st June with the semi-finals to be held at Sophia Gardens and Edgbaston on the 14/15 respectively with the final to be held at the Oval on the 18th June.
The teams have been split into two groups these being:Group A
So get ready for loud shouts, big knocks, super catches and top bowling as these teams mean business in what is only behind the World Cup in importance within the cricketing world.
South Africa are the No1 ranked team and won the inaugural competition back in 1998, while Australia ranked 2nd are the only nation to have won consecutive titles(2006, 2009) and will be looking for a hat-trick at the home of team they love to hate, England.
England are ranked 5th but with home advantage and having just beaten South Africa in a warm series (2-1) will fancy their chances and have been installed as the bookies' favourites.
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