England in Bangladesh 2009-10 March 25, 2010

Talented batting, thin bowling

A pair of heavy defeats, by 181 runs and nine wickets, disguise the full extent of the challenge that Bangladesh posed in their third series against England
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A pair of heavy defeats, by 181 runs and nine wickets, disguise the full extent of the challenge that Bangladesh posed in their third series against England.

Tamim Iqbal - 8

The classiest batsman of the series by a country mile. Flamboyant and powerful, but far more disciplined than his "see ball, hit ball" mentality would suggest, Tamim deserved at least one century to go with his 125 in the ODIs, and could easily have had two. His 86 at Chittagong was curtailed by the ball of the series from Tim Bresnan, while his wonderful 85 from 71 balls at Dhaka so nearly resulted in a rare century in a single session. The only disappointment was the loose manner of his dismissal in his final innings of the series, but even then he cracked along to a fifty. His rewards will come, because the talent is unequivocal.

Imrul Kayes - 2

He seemed to have cracked it when he followed up his ODI century in New Zealand with an anchor-role in the two-wicket defeat in Mirpur, but Imrul's returns fell away alarmingly when the format switched and the short balls came out in earnest. After 11 Tests he is averaging 13.18 with a top-score of 33, so his series return of 43 runs in four innings wasn't far short of expectations. It was, however, a long way from the solidity that Bangladesh so desperately need.

Junaid Siddique - 7

His first dismissal of the series was a horror - a short ball from Broad, flapped anxiously back to the bowler. But what happened next was remarkable and uplifting. Junaid fought against his demons, and overcame them superbly to post a maiden Test century and leave England so frustrated that his final extraction at Chittagong led Graeme Swann to curse with relief. A freak dismissal, off silly point's toe, prevented him producing any more such heroics at Dhaka.

Aftab Ahmed - 3

In the second innings at Chittagong, Aftab batted with as much composure as England have witnessed in three series (dating back to his role in a warm-up match in 2003), but he still made just 26 runs. He may have been unlucky in the first innings, but you still sensed his wicket was only ever a matter of time.

Jahurul Islam - 6

Owed his opportunity to Raqibul Hasan's "retirement", but acquitted himself well after an initial bout of nerves that lasted long after his first-innings duck - an indignity that can and does happen to many players, even future greats. Jahurul will have to go some way to qualify as one of those, but after slotting two nervy sixes to get his international account up and running, he knuckled down to the task of batting deep, making 43 before being suckered by Swann's change of flight.

Mahmudullah - 6

He's a class act, no question, but he somehow fell short of the returns that were expected of him after his promotion from No. 8 to No. 5. His 51 at Chittagong helped Bangladesh find their feet in the series after a dreadful two days in the field, while his 59 at Dhaka was a vital component of their best day of the series, but realistically, his team needed more from such a well-set batsman. His offspin was used less frequently than expected, but he still chimed in with four useful scalps.

Shakib Al Hasan - 8

Confirmed his stature as a player of immense promise, and underlined his captaincy credentials with bold and confident statements to the press. This is a man who will kowtow to no-one - opponents, team-mates and officials alike - and an infusion of his spirit is exactly what the dressing-room needs. As a batsman he took a while to get up to speed, but showcased his repertoire with a gutsy double at Dhaka, but as a bowler he was the heart and soul of their operation, churning through the overs on unforgiving surfaces to prevent England's batsmen from ever cutting loose.

Mushfiqur Rahim - 8

Never mind his keeping, which did a job. The Mighty Atom is the real deal as a Test batsman, a compact and composed cricketer whose incredible lack of stature is his principal asset. It took England all series to work out what was the right length for a man who barely breaks the five-foot barrier, and at Chittagong, it required the catch of a lifetime from James Tredwell to dislodge him in the first innings, before the nervous nineties did for him second-time around. Never quite as effective at Dhaka, but with experience of England from 2005, he will be crucial in the return series in May.

Naeem Islam - 6

England underestimated his stickability at No. 8, and paid something of a price in three out of four innings - most significantly in the first innings at Dhaka, when he loitered while the real tailenders ran riot. Alas, for Bangladesh's hopes of salvaging something from the series, Naeem's solitary failure came when the stakes were at their highest. When all that was needed was a bit of sheet-anchor resistance, he had a mow at Tredwell, and holed out to deep midwicket. His bowling was barely used, which makes you wonder why he was batting so low.

Abdur Razzak - 5

Had Pietersen's number coming into the Tests, having bagged him in each of the last two ODIs. But Razzak's efforts paled compared to his fellow left-arm spinner, Shakib, who was openly critical of his lack of control as England piled on the runs in their first innings at Dhaka. His seven wickets cost more than 58 apiece and he conceded his runs at more than four an over. Enamul Haque Jr might soon be due another run in the side.

Rubel Hossain - 6

It wasn't a series for pacemen, but Rubel performed as diligently as anyone, and it was his reverse-swinging delivery to Matt Prior that sparked the umpiring rumpus. Had that been given, who knows what might have happened, but as it is he finished the series with two wickets at 119.50. Life is unfair sometimes. Extra marks for his cover-driving, which was simply exquisite.

Shafiul Islam - 5

Failed to take a wicket but still made his mark in style, by smacking a thrilling 47-ball half-century that exceeded his previous career tally in Tests. At the time it looked as though it could have tilted the balance of power in Bangladesh's favour, but he wasn't able to find the same inspiration with the ball

Shadahat Hossain - 4

Selected ahead of Shafiul for the Chittagong Test, largely on the strength of his five wickets against India at the same venue in January. But looked down on pace and lacking in threat, and soon dropped out of contention.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo. Go to http://twitter.com/miller_cricket to follow him on Twitter through the England tour of Bangladesh.

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  • on March 30, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Mashrafi, Mashrafi and Mashrafi back is the only solution for the pace bowling dept. would request not to try Razzak ever again in Test matches...his bowling simply makes practice for batsmen to play Shakib with more ease....its kind of knocking before u play a match...Razzak is that b4 facin Shakib....playing Naeem in Test matches is something even i dont undertsand...he's ok for ODI's.... The weaklink to Bangladesh however is the one and only Koyes....who is his godfather? the Prime Minister herself? I mean isn't he the worst opening batsmen in the history of test cricket? Please someone show me a record worse!!!

  • sawn on March 29, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    All BD needs is one or two composed fast bowler.

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 27, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    This is Better. 1.Shakib Al Hasan, 2.Mushfiqur Rahim,3. Mashrafe Mortaza,4.Tamim Iqbal,5.Junaid Siddique, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.Naeem Islam,8.Rubel Hossain, 9.Shafiul Islam, 10.Mohammed Sohrawordi,11. Aftab Ahmed,12. Nasir Hossain, 13.Abdur Razzak.14.Alauddin Babu. 15.Syed Rasel

  • Croc_on_mara on March 27, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Rahim-'The Mighty Atom', Rubel-'Extra marks for his cover-driving, which was simply exquisite'. Wow...Be careful, Giddeon haigh will soon write a scathing article titled 'Really Miller?'

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 27, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I will recommend these players for Twenty20 Squad for Bangladesh team.

    1.Shakib Al Hasan, 2.Mushfiqur Rahim,3. Mashrafe Mortaza,4.Tamim Iqbal,5.Junaid Siddique, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.Naeem Islam,8.Rubel Hossain, 9.Shafiul Islam, 10.Mohammed Sohrawordi,11.Alauddin Babu,12. Aftab Ahmed,13. Nasir Hossain, 14.Mithun Ali,15. Abdur Razzak.

  • jstein91 on March 27, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Thin bowling fo sho. whats the deal with abdur razzak??? surely they have enough left arm off spinners who can bowl better areas build more pressure and who can also hold a bat. Abdur Razzak and Imrul Kayes were the most disappointing bangladeshis for me. It really shows when a side doesn't have a strong pacemen to lead the attack and use the new ball effectively. Who knows what would happen if england were without stu broad. Bangl. need mortaza. secondly they need to create a solid team that is hard to break into and hard to get dropped after playing 1 bad test. the experienced guys need to put their hand up. eg shakib and bat up the order, put less pressure on the debutant batting at 3 and the guy whose planned 2 test at 4. Finally give kayes one more test before replacing him with shariar who has enough experience to get out of a form slump. very promising though. disappointing the 2 'large' losses don't resemble how they actually played. js

  • Bang_La on March 27, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Murshed, I hate to write this here since its an internal thing for Bangladesh. Do you think that Bangladesh cricket management ever bother for advice/suggestions? Don't you see who have constituted the Board? Some of them played cricket for few years, but was never known as "brains". Others are appointed being mostly politically connected, and better I don't say anything about the Hon. President of Bangladesh Cricket Board, other than he now dictates everything, believe me, even player's name (mentioning Ashraful as Ashraful Miah)! So, I am sure such a bunch would never bother to listen to someone for gods sake what's-his-name Miller! BTW, how many of them can read English, you think? :)

  • murshed on March 26, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Andrew Miller has done a fantastic job here. His meticulous analysis of each BD player undoubtedly deserves appreciation. Hopefully, BCB will find it handy for their next team selection.

  • farhad007 on March 26, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    We need 2 things to do in bowling department. 1. Pace Hunt ( no less than 6 feet 3 person) 2. Get Mashrafi back.

  • BD_CricFan on March 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    KUDOS!! to ESPN360 for brodcasting the whole series in the US. Specially a rare opportunity for the Bangladesh fans, hopefully there will be many more to come. ESPN is truly THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN SPORTS.

  • on March 30, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Mashrafi, Mashrafi and Mashrafi back is the only solution for the pace bowling dept. would request not to try Razzak ever again in Test matches...his bowling simply makes practice for batsmen to play Shakib with more ease....its kind of knocking before u play a match...Razzak is that b4 facin Shakib....playing Naeem in Test matches is something even i dont undertsand...he's ok for ODI's.... The weaklink to Bangladesh however is the one and only Koyes....who is his godfather? the Prime Minister herself? I mean isn't he the worst opening batsmen in the history of test cricket? Please someone show me a record worse!!!

  • sawn on March 29, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    All BD needs is one or two composed fast bowler.

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 27, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    This is Better. 1.Shakib Al Hasan, 2.Mushfiqur Rahim,3. Mashrafe Mortaza,4.Tamim Iqbal,5.Junaid Siddique, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.Naeem Islam,8.Rubel Hossain, 9.Shafiul Islam, 10.Mohammed Sohrawordi,11. Aftab Ahmed,12. Nasir Hossain, 13.Abdur Razzak.14.Alauddin Babu. 15.Syed Rasel

  • Croc_on_mara on March 27, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Rahim-'The Mighty Atom', Rubel-'Extra marks for his cover-driving, which was simply exquisite'. Wow...Be careful, Giddeon haigh will soon write a scathing article titled 'Really Miller?'

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 27, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I will recommend these players for Twenty20 Squad for Bangladesh team.

    1.Shakib Al Hasan, 2.Mushfiqur Rahim,3. Mashrafe Mortaza,4.Tamim Iqbal,5.Junaid Siddique, 6.Mahmudullah, 7.Naeem Islam,8.Rubel Hossain, 9.Shafiul Islam, 10.Mohammed Sohrawordi,11.Alauddin Babu,12. Aftab Ahmed,13. Nasir Hossain, 14.Mithun Ali,15. Abdur Razzak.

  • jstein91 on March 27, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Thin bowling fo sho. whats the deal with abdur razzak??? surely they have enough left arm off spinners who can bowl better areas build more pressure and who can also hold a bat. Abdur Razzak and Imrul Kayes were the most disappointing bangladeshis for me. It really shows when a side doesn't have a strong pacemen to lead the attack and use the new ball effectively. Who knows what would happen if england were without stu broad. Bangl. need mortaza. secondly they need to create a solid team that is hard to break into and hard to get dropped after playing 1 bad test. the experienced guys need to put their hand up. eg shakib and bat up the order, put less pressure on the debutant batting at 3 and the guy whose planned 2 test at 4. Finally give kayes one more test before replacing him with shariar who has enough experience to get out of a form slump. very promising though. disappointing the 2 'large' losses don't resemble how they actually played. js

  • Bang_La on March 27, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    Murshed, I hate to write this here since its an internal thing for Bangladesh. Do you think that Bangladesh cricket management ever bother for advice/suggestions? Don't you see who have constituted the Board? Some of them played cricket for few years, but was never known as "brains". Others are appointed being mostly politically connected, and better I don't say anything about the Hon. President of Bangladesh Cricket Board, other than he now dictates everything, believe me, even player's name (mentioning Ashraful as Ashraful Miah)! So, I am sure such a bunch would never bother to listen to someone for gods sake what's-his-name Miller! BTW, how many of them can read English, you think? :)

  • murshed on March 26, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Andrew Miller has done a fantastic job here. His meticulous analysis of each BD player undoubtedly deserves appreciation. Hopefully, BCB will find it handy for their next team selection.

  • farhad007 on March 26, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    We need 2 things to do in bowling department. 1. Pace Hunt ( no less than 6 feet 3 person) 2. Get Mashrafi back.

  • BD_CricFan on March 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    KUDOS!! to ESPN360 for brodcasting the whole series in the US. Specially a rare opportunity for the Bangladesh fans, hopefully there will be many more to come. ESPN is truly THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN SPORTS.

  • ZsZs on March 26, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    It happens. The team was poor batting before. They corrected one aspect, but missed on the other. They need a senior bowler. We have a second bowler, but not a first bowler. Mashraffe is missed badly.

  • Bang_La on March 26, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    jackiethepen, I agree with you that young age must not come as an excuse for not to play sensible cricket. His confidence of his ability to hit anyone is good, but again, sometimes situation may demand him play subdued. That would not be an insult or challenge to his devastating power in hitting balls. Can you please let the grade with point 8 go this time? :) Thank you.

  • Bang_La on March 26, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Dear YorkshirePudding, thank you for your quite cricketing observations and reading my ramblings. This is after all a message board to discuss cricket, as much as in academic way. Bangladesh, for the last 10 years have not made much as a competing side in test arena. In this quick-fix world, people almost have forgotten how the classical things work and it takes time to have anything classical. As the present global knowledge- base is now TV-fed, no wonder there is a negativism amongst the "first-class" cricket world against anything slow :) Bangladesh, in addition to developing infrastructures, building players' mindsets etc. still have to do a lot and need some support from cricket icons. I heard Mike Atherton and Bob Willies' views changed from second day in Chittagong test and he was very encouraging at the last. So is with Ian Smith from NZ and Duncan Fletcher Ex Zimbabwe coach. And now you and Andrew Miller say few good words. Bangladesh should be over joyous! Thank YOU.

  • on March 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Bangladesh will be a superpower if they nurture the time and their merit. Most of the players of the is young and emotionally immature to take a proper decision in time, wher clinical psychologist can help to remove thiis kind of problem. So, I think Bangladesh cricket control board need to recur an clinical psychologist for helping the cricketer to show their best effort and be psychologically sound.

  • realredbaron on March 26, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    jackiethepen, I could not agree with you. The way Tamim destroyed English bowling line up at times was the highlights of the batting in this tour. We would not find comments like yours when Viv Richards hit the fastest hundred in test cricket or Adam Gilchrist score the 2nd fastest. We shall only see you people criticizing when Tamim Iqbals fall for quickfire 85 in test cricket, and that too because of an umpiring blunder. Tamim deserved 8, at the very least. Tamim Iqbal has played against the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman before he faced the English in this tour. What made you think Tamim would learn from the average and monotonous English batsman like Cook or Bell when he did not imitate the likes of Sachin or LAxman in patient batting?!Tamim, Gilchrist, Jayasurya, Viv Richards-they are all naturally attacking batsman & would never get accustomed to the English test batting style with strike rate of 30.00.if anything luck was against him and English batsman had it from umpires.

  • jackiethepen on March 26, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    The problem is were they playing one-day cricket or Test cricket? While Iqbal's innings might have been an audition for IPL or the World cup, it didn't have the sturdiness of Test cricket. He rode his luck and he made a dash but to give him 8 is surely ridiculous when he needs to steady down and learn how to build an innings. Then he could set an example to his teammates. He is young but what he lacks is steadfastness. It is not always required that you tee off. I hoped he learned something from the more patient batting of England. If he combined this with his skill and talent he would be a star.

  • YorkshirePudding on March 26, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Andrew, a very fair appraisal. I agree it would be nice to see Tamin hang around for 2 sessions and pile on the runs. He goes hard at the ball wich with quick bowlers makes the ball race to the boundry, I think Rahim needs to bat up the order by one or 2 places, to give it a little added strength.

    The bowling attack is doing well on Bangladesh pitches, it will be a different matter outside of the sub-continent where spinners tend to play a more supporting role, especially in the UK. Are there any Seamers in the pipeline for Bangladesh that will help take on some of the load.

    All in all bangladesh are on the cusp of beating thier first data major team within the next 2 years if they continue to improve at the rate they are doing.

    Bang_La, I dont think that Bangladesh will be as easy to beat as people are saying, the 3 day comments are ridiculous, I wont be suprised to see at least one match go to 5 days.

  • iftekharmukul on March 26, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    though the series result doesn't shows the performance of Bangladeshi side. End of the day, England won, but its really pity for Bangladeshi young side, because they fought, tried and put their dedication but as experienced side England made the result in their own way. One thing should bery alarming is Umpiring, which may vary the overall reasult. Hopefully Media and obviously ICC should pay attention on this occasion...

  • sallu123 on March 25, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    in batting department they have shown there willingness to improve.tamim need a good partner and i think debutent jahurul is a good player.bd need to improve there bowling.bcb should employ good bowling coach like wasim akram, waqar yunis or aqeeb javed.if they do it they will get there ressult, i think so. we need a quality spin bowling coz our spin bowling is being an one man show.

  • Bang_La on March 25, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    To demon_bowler, better dont ask Tamim to play through both sessions. It wont be good for your heart and kidney. Rather, thank God that he is inconsistent :)

    And talking about captaincy? Boy, you almost slaughtered Cook when Bangladesh were somehow gritting teeth!! So, I brush aside your knowledge on captaincy. Am I not right Andrew? hahahahaha

  • Tlotoxl on March 25, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    If the state of the 2 pitches used in the tests are any indication then the one thing that Bangladesh *desperately* need is mome well balanced pitches - how do you expect bowlers to ply their trade, grow and develop on pitches where there is no help for them? Likewise when there is no help for the bowlers then the batsmen have it far to easy - does anybody expect anything other than Bangladesh to be anything else than absolutly routed by an innings inside 3 days when they come to England with the ball swining and seaming all over the place? - England will probably have our first choice attack playing then as well, Anderson, Onions and Broad Vs Ban in England? ROTFLMAO!!!!

  • demon_bowler on March 25, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Eight for Tamim Iqbal? For a batsman who never once batted through two sessions?

    And Shakib should have at least two docked for his spineless, clueless captaincy.

  • Bang_La on March 25, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Ah Andrew! Looks like some teacher has reached home after a long day and now leisurely grading his students, after tough and long monitoring, while sipping hot Earl Grey (or not so innocent)!

    Wonder and minute work again! Bangladesh really needs a mature cricket management, as it seems the boys are at the take-off stage to next level! I hope your grades are brought to the notice of the players, (mighty atom will not be happy with the title but I am sure would love your observations). You deserve a good rest and I share a secret with you; you stirred Bangladeshi cricket and its supporters while you were here. Some were not-so-nice towards you but all acknowledged your presence, nevertheless.

    Take care. We all look forward to your wits during the torture what ECB is arranging for Bangladesh in May :) And also, wish you in the land of OZ while the Ashes war is fought.

    All the best to you and your family.

  • Sachit1979 on March 25, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Bangladesh is really a superpower in making but they still need to workout few of their shortcomings. 1. Lack of on field ideas to trap well set batsmen. 2. Shakib's too much reliance on his own bowling than his comrades. 3. Rubel is undoubtedly a firebox but he needs to be more consistent specially with his no balls. He really needs to go to school under a teacher like Wasim or Waqar. 4. Inconsistent top order, Junaid and Imrul, sometime they click but sometime they not, it would be better to promote Mushfiqur at number 3 and try out more options as Tamim's partner. 5. Lack of quality pace bowlers. Rubel, Shahadat and Shafiul have spark but they need to work a lot on their consistency. Mashrafe's fitness and attitude is issue. Overall search is still not over. 6. Spin department, well it is not that bad but appear as little disbalanced. Abdur Razzak and Naeem are better choices for limited overs but perhaps not for Test matches. Enamul or Saqlain Sajib could have been tried.

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  • Sachit1979 on March 25, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Bangladesh is really a superpower in making but they still need to workout few of their shortcomings. 1. Lack of on field ideas to trap well set batsmen. 2. Shakib's too much reliance on his own bowling than his comrades. 3. Rubel is undoubtedly a firebox but he needs to be more consistent specially with his no balls. He really needs to go to school under a teacher like Wasim or Waqar. 4. Inconsistent top order, Junaid and Imrul, sometime they click but sometime they not, it would be better to promote Mushfiqur at number 3 and try out more options as Tamim's partner. 5. Lack of quality pace bowlers. Rubel, Shahadat and Shafiul have spark but they need to work a lot on their consistency. Mashrafe's fitness and attitude is issue. Overall search is still not over. 6. Spin department, well it is not that bad but appear as little disbalanced. Abdur Razzak and Naeem are better choices for limited overs but perhaps not for Test matches. Enamul or Saqlain Sajib could have been tried.

  • Bang_La on March 25, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Ah Andrew! Looks like some teacher has reached home after a long day and now leisurely grading his students, after tough and long monitoring, while sipping hot Earl Grey (or not so innocent)!

    Wonder and minute work again! Bangladesh really needs a mature cricket management, as it seems the boys are at the take-off stage to next level! I hope your grades are brought to the notice of the players, (mighty atom will not be happy with the title but I am sure would love your observations). You deserve a good rest and I share a secret with you; you stirred Bangladeshi cricket and its supporters while you were here. Some were not-so-nice towards you but all acknowledged your presence, nevertheless.

    Take care. We all look forward to your wits during the torture what ECB is arranging for Bangladesh in May :) And also, wish you in the land of OZ while the Ashes war is fought.

    All the best to you and your family.

  • demon_bowler on March 25, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Eight for Tamim Iqbal? For a batsman who never once batted through two sessions?

    And Shakib should have at least two docked for his spineless, clueless captaincy.

  • Tlotoxl on March 25, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    If the state of the 2 pitches used in the tests are any indication then the one thing that Bangladesh *desperately* need is mome well balanced pitches - how do you expect bowlers to ply their trade, grow and develop on pitches where there is no help for them? Likewise when there is no help for the bowlers then the batsmen have it far to easy - does anybody expect anything other than Bangladesh to be anything else than absolutly routed by an innings inside 3 days when they come to England with the ball swining and seaming all over the place? - England will probably have our first choice attack playing then as well, Anderson, Onions and Broad Vs Ban in England? ROTFLMAO!!!!

  • Bang_La on March 25, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    To demon_bowler, better dont ask Tamim to play through both sessions. It wont be good for your heart and kidney. Rather, thank God that he is inconsistent :)

    And talking about captaincy? Boy, you almost slaughtered Cook when Bangladesh were somehow gritting teeth!! So, I brush aside your knowledge on captaincy. Am I not right Andrew? hahahahaha

  • sallu123 on March 25, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    in batting department they have shown there willingness to improve.tamim need a good partner and i think debutent jahurul is a good player.bd need to improve there bowling.bcb should employ good bowling coach like wasim akram, waqar yunis or aqeeb javed.if they do it they will get there ressult, i think so. we need a quality spin bowling coz our spin bowling is being an one man show.

  • iftekharmukul on March 26, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    though the series result doesn't shows the performance of Bangladeshi side. End of the day, England won, but its really pity for Bangladeshi young side, because they fought, tried and put their dedication but as experienced side England made the result in their own way. One thing should bery alarming is Umpiring, which may vary the overall reasult. Hopefully Media and obviously ICC should pay attention on this occasion...

  • YorkshirePudding on March 26, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Andrew, a very fair appraisal. I agree it would be nice to see Tamin hang around for 2 sessions and pile on the runs. He goes hard at the ball wich with quick bowlers makes the ball race to the boundry, I think Rahim needs to bat up the order by one or 2 places, to give it a little added strength.

    The bowling attack is doing well on Bangladesh pitches, it will be a different matter outside of the sub-continent where spinners tend to play a more supporting role, especially in the UK. Are there any Seamers in the pipeline for Bangladesh that will help take on some of the load.

    All in all bangladesh are on the cusp of beating thier first data major team within the next 2 years if they continue to improve at the rate they are doing.

    Bang_La, I dont think that Bangladesh will be as easy to beat as people are saying, the 3 day comments are ridiculous, I wont be suprised to see at least one match go to 5 days.

  • jackiethepen on March 26, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    The problem is were they playing one-day cricket or Test cricket? While Iqbal's innings might have been an audition for IPL or the World cup, it didn't have the sturdiness of Test cricket. He rode his luck and he made a dash but to give him 8 is surely ridiculous when he needs to steady down and learn how to build an innings. Then he could set an example to his teammates. He is young but what he lacks is steadfastness. It is not always required that you tee off. I hoped he learned something from the more patient batting of England. If he combined this with his skill and talent he would be a star.

  • realredbaron on March 26, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    jackiethepen, I could not agree with you. The way Tamim destroyed English bowling line up at times was the highlights of the batting in this tour. We would not find comments like yours when Viv Richards hit the fastest hundred in test cricket or Adam Gilchrist score the 2nd fastest. We shall only see you people criticizing when Tamim Iqbals fall for quickfire 85 in test cricket, and that too because of an umpiring blunder. Tamim deserved 8, at the very least. Tamim Iqbal has played against the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman before he faced the English in this tour. What made you think Tamim would learn from the average and monotonous English batsman like Cook or Bell when he did not imitate the likes of Sachin or LAxman in patient batting?!Tamim, Gilchrist, Jayasurya, Viv Richards-they are all naturally attacking batsman & would never get accustomed to the English test batting style with strike rate of 30.00.if anything luck was against him and English batsman had it from umpires.