ENGLAND are taking on Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi as they look to take a big step towards the T20 World Cup semi-final.
Eoin Morgan's side got off to the perfect start at the weekend as they bowled West Indies out for 55 to avenge their defeat in the 2016 final.
Bangladesh meanwhile need to get a result today after having a patchy start to their competition.
The Tigers were stunned by Scotland in the first round, meaning they only qualified in second place and were forced to enter this tournament's group of death.
And they then went down by five wickets to Sri Lanka in their opening Super 12 match, leaving themselves with little breathing space if they want to advance to the final four.
West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia are the other teams in this group.
TAKING IT ON THE QUIN
England are reportedly set to take the knee today after a row erupted when Quinton de Kock was left out of the South Africa team yesterday for refusing to do so.
The cricket world champions performed the gesture in a show of solidarity with the West Indies on Saturday.
But Jos Buttler has stated that the team's preference would be to wear 'Moment of Unity' t-shirts before matches, in order to oppose all forms of discrimination.
However, the ICC have banned these t-shirts at the T20 World Cup due to allegedly carrying a political message, leaving England to take the knee as a second choice.
Buttler said: “Our position is we stand against any form of discrimination.
“What we’d like to do as a team is a ‘Moment of Unity’, which we did at times during our summer.
“I think we’d have to get some clearance from the ICC for that. It’s something we’d like to do as a team but I don’t know the specifics around it.
“We wanted to reciprocate the opposition. The West Indies like to take a knee so we wanted to reciprocate that in the first game.
“As a side and our culture as a team, we of course stand against any form of discrimination and we are very passionate about that.”
TAMING THE TIGERS
England face a crucial test against Bangladesh in their second T20 World Cup match.
And Eoin Morgan’s men will hope they continue in a similar fashion to their hammering of West Indies on the opening weekend.
There, they ran out six-wicket winners over the Windies after bowling them out for just 55.
Bangladesh have it all to do if they want to qualify for the semi-final after going down to Sri Lanka by five wickets.
And in the first round they were stunned by Scotland, leading the Bangladesh Cricket Board president to criticise the “approach and attitude” of some players.
But Jos Buttler isn’t taking anything for granted.
He said of the Tigers: “We know the challenges they’ll pose – we’ve played against them lots in 50-over cricket and they’re a dangerous side.
“They’ve got lots of experience in T20 cricket, some very good players, playing quite a specific style which is unique to them I feel.
“They are a spin‑heavy side and generally their batsmen tend to be very strong square of the wicket.
“They also have a couple of left-arm spinners, so we’ve been practising against that lots in the nets and trying to get some plans in place.”
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