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    In pics: Ten to watch at the Champions Trophy

    • Shane Watson is coming off a strong IPL season in which he was voted Player of the Series, and in a country where he has struggled to do well (he averages 30 in ODIs in England), expect the burly allrounder to try and correct that record.

    • Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a strong start to his international limited-overs career and a lot is expected of him in seam-friendly conditions in England. India will rely on his incisive bowling in England.

    • The hugely talented and highly-rated Joe Root is averaging 81.50 in ODIs, and if he extends his rich vein of form from first-class and Test cricket into the 50-over format, England will not be pushovers.

    • The last time Hashim Amla played an ODI series in England, he finished with an average of 111.66 and strike-rate of 94.36, which earned him the Man-of-the-Series award. Don't put it beyond the bearded wizard to churn out runs again.

    • Junaid Khan has given batsmen a tough time with his pace and movement - just ask the Indian batsmen - and in conditions where he will find appreciable support, this Pakistan left-arm quick is one to watch

    • Keep an eye on Chris Gayle, who comes into the tournament after a strong IPL and who, if he set his mind on it, can do serious damage in the ODI format.

    • Against the back drop of a credibility crisis, Indian cricket needs success at the international level and the one man who could helped provide that is the captain of India - MS Dhoni

    • England could be the team to beat because of their familiarity with conditions in the early summer, and considering his form in the Tests against New Zealand, James Anderson could be a handful for opposing batsmen.

    • South African batsman David Miller was outstanding in IPL 6, and if he bats the way he did for Kings XI Punjab in the middle order for South Africa, then AB de Villiers' team will take some serious beating.

    • Dwayne Bravo topped the IPL 6 wickets tally with 31 victims, and how this inspires him as full-time captain of West Indies could be one of the more tastier subplots of the Champions Trophy