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England have undergone a major transformation in white-ball cricket since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 World Cup during the group stage.

England’s formidable limited-overs squad fully deserve the ‘favourites’ tag going into next month’s Champions Trophy at home, all-rounder Moeen Ali has said.

One-day captain Eoin Morgan has called the current squad the “most talented group” he has played with and England sense a golden opportunity to win their maiden global 50-overs title at the June 1-18 tournament.

England lost to India in the final when they hosted the previous edition of the Champions Trophy in 2013 and also finished runner-up to West Indies in the World Twenty20 in India last year.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen hoped the team would be third time lucky. The hosts are grouped alongside 50-over world champions Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh in the tournament which features the top eight sides.

Morgan’s side have switched to an attacking brand of cricket since the World Cup exit two years ago and currently boast of a slew of hard-hitting batsmen who are capable of destroying any bowling attack.

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