England and Eoin Morgan upbeat over Ben Stokes’ bowling prospects

• All-rounder’s fitness to bowl will be decided on morning of Bangladesh clash
• Captain Morgan says Jason Roy will open throughout Champions Trophy

Eoin Morgan offered a characteristic dose of clarity on the eve of the Champions Trophy, expressing his full confidence that Ben Stokes, England’s talismanic all-rounder, will be fit to bowl against Bangladesh on Thursday and assuring the out?of?sorts Jason Roy of his spot for the entire tournament.

Speaking before the tournament’s much-anticipated opener at The Oval, Morgan tipped his players to “embrace” the challenge of converting two years of limited-overs transformation into a trophy this summer. He described the condensed eight-nation competition as the first of two opportunities to do so, with the second being the 2019 World Cup, also to be played on home soil.

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