England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, 1st day June 4, 2010

Bell battles to keep England on top

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Close England 275 for 5 (Bell 87*, Prior 21*) v Bangladesh
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How they were out

Bangladesh's bowlers followed the example of their batsman at Lord's last week, and rose to the occasion on the first day at Old Trafford with a disciplined and diligent performance, backed up by superb fielding, to deny England the chance to establish the sort of platform from which they were able to boss the first Test. Thanks to Ian Bell, who contributed another timely innings from his fruitful berth in the middle order, England were able to finish the day with their noses in front on 275 for 5, but on a firm and true surface, and in some of the best batting conditions of the summer so far, this was far from the breeze that had been anticipated when Andrew Strauss won the toss.

By the time bad light brought about an early close, Bell was 87 not out from 171 balls, 13 adrift of what would be his third century in six Tests against Bangladesh. Like his 138 at Dhaka back in March, however, this was a vital innings that belied his (admittedly fading) reputation for soft runs, and without it, England could well have been in some trouble. After their floundering performance with the ball at Lord's, Bangladesh had chosen to purge their seam attack, with Robiul Islam and Rubel Hossain both discarded, and into the fray came the impressive Shafiul Islam, who struck twice in an incisive new-ball spell in the first hour of the day, and the left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who dismissed Alastair Cook with his first ball of the series, and deserved better rewards than his eventual figures of 1 for 67 from 21 overs.

With the sun on their backs and a more familiar spin-dominant line-up, Bangladesh settled into the sort of rhythm that they had shown during their home series against England, with the added bonus of a wicket that offered the sort of turn and bounce that they'd never see in Dhaka or Chittagong. With Shakib Al Hasan and Razzak bowling in tandem in a fine spell after tea, England were limited to 29 runs in 16 overs before Matt Prior opened the floodgates with a brace of fours off Razzak - one of which could and should have been caught at slip as Junaid Siddique reacted late to a thick edge. On 18, Prior then survived a raucous appeal for lbw that might well have been overturned had the review system been in place for this match. But Prior lived on, to reach 21 not out at the close.

All in all, it was not the sort of scoreline that England had expected, but to Bangladesh's credit, they used their resources cannily, and kept all the batsman guessing as they beat the bat on both sides on a wicket that will doubtless keep Graeme Swann interested when his opportunity comes later in the match. Kevin Pietersen, in particular, discovered this to his cost, as he was stitched up a treat by his nemesis in Tests, Shakib, who claimed his wicket for the fourth time in as many matches, to bring a flamboyant end an entertaining and aggressive innings.

Pietersen's approach in this series has been a far cry from the tentative return to form that he produced in Bangladesh, and after reaching a 73-ball fifty with a series of thumping strikes in the V between long-off and -on, he seemed in a hurry to reach his first hundred against these opponents. Shakib, however, was equal to his ambitions. Moments after being drilled through the covers for four, he held his delivery back a touch through the air, and Pietersen was stumped by six paces as the ball spat past his edge and into the gloves of Mushfiqur Rahim.

Shakib could and should have earned a second wicket in a fine attacking spell, when on 36, Bell edged a good-length turner, only for the ball to rebound unchallenged off Mushfiqur's knee. But that was the only real chance that Bell offered in a disciplined 171-ball innings. Eoin Morgan also offered one opportunity, in the fifth over after tea, but unfortunately for him, his cramped cut at Shahadat picked out Jahurul Islam in the gully, who clung on one-handed with an outstanding dive to his right. After adding 70 for the fifth wicket to revive England from 153 for 4, Morgan was on his way for 37, another half-formed Test innings to add to his Lord's 44.

The principal performer in the morning session had been Shafiul, who was overlooked for the Lord's Test despite showing glimpses of his ability back home during England's recent visit. He pitched the ball up as a default tactic, finding a decent pace in the high 80s to offset a mediocre first spell from the Lord's hero, Shahadatr, and kept the left-handers Strauss and Alastair Cook on their toes by intermittently switching his line from over to round the wicket.

His determination paid off in the 12th over of the day, as Strauss succumbed to an excellent rising delivery that angled across his bows, snicked the edge, and flew hard and fast to Imrul Kayes at second slip. Six balls later, Shafiul added his second, as Trott followed up his double-century at Lord's by falling victim to an excellent bustling delivery that wormed its way off an inside-edge into the top of middle stump. Trott looked stunned at the dismissal, and took his time to react, but he had gone for 3 from five balls, and at 48 for 2, England were in a touch of strife.

Their uncertainty was compounded with 15 minutes of the morning session remaining, when Cook poked injudiciously at Razzak's first delivery and snicked a regulation edge to Junaid Siddique at slip, and Razzak could well have added a second straightway, had Shakib thought to post a short leg to the incoming Bell. By the time he called upon the extra fielder, however, a looping bat-pad opportunity had already been and gone. With Shafiul struggling through thereafter with cramp, Bangladesh's effectiveness was dented in the afternoon session, but their determination was undimmed, and by the close they were very much in the contest.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • jackiethepen on June 8, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    A number made the same point about Bell being out if a short leg had been in place. Two things to think about. Bell has dominated Bangladesh in all his innings but one so the fielding places show the kind of respect he has earned. He has pushed his fielders back in other words to the opening bowlers. Secondly Bell must have been aware there was no short leg so no risk there. Wouldn't he play accordingly? He was probably watching for real danger areas. If a short leg had been in place Bell is likely to have defended with that in mind. It is really not possible to concur that any batsman would be out to a catch by a fielder not there.

  • Bingaaa on June 5, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    @Bang_la Mate i m no indian and yeah rit on india is no good either they are rubbish as well without a doubt..

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 5, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Interested to read feedback to my posting. I was paying BD fans a sort of compliment-and yes, Eng have been pretty dire vs Australia for a long time till 2005. As I said you fans deserve better.About remarks concerning the makeup of the England side, england is a very very multicultural country, a melting pot if you like. There are quite a lot of Bangledishis here as well as indians, Paks, Sri L's. Because of easy working laws many peopel come here for a better life-strange when you cionsider the weather- and this is a good thing mostly. As for South africans in the side, a source of mirth and /or controversy to some at least 2 of the people named are spurious to the argument-Prior and Strauss. Many South africans have English parents/grandparents- Pietersen, Trott. Also we have only a 4 year residential qualification for cricket. These guys get selected because they have talent, a lot of it. Seems fair. Morgan is Irish plying his trade in UK. And is he not worth the gate money?

  • Bang_La on June 5, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    @Bingaaa, the indian in disguise. Tell me of a major series for last 5 years where India played anything close to Australia! I was joking the other day that Raina was copying Shakib, "We have to learn from our mistakes and improve." Dhoni almost echos same line everytime competent opponents pulls off Indian pants. Why this for a super-team? Starting playing cricket in 30s, India had such sorry progress in international cricket that had there been no big money powerhouse, based on huge consumers' market and the Indian cricketers were not needed to make stars to appear as models for those consumeables, by now India's name would have been written on water, quite Shelly-itely! :)

  • soul-redeemer on June 5, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    @ overrated_india - i am totally agree with you.....

  • Jahan.MS on June 5, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    I think you guys are correct about the ability of the bd team. They are very young team to play in the highest level of competition but they are learning quickly. If they can do little better day by day then it will boost their temparament eventually they can defend any better side. Only few players have to be careful about their shot selection especially Ash and Shakib. They should not improvise their shots at the earlier stage what they can do at the later stage after set. I think they should realize from their past errors.

    As regards of umpiring, I can say that's why English team has not taken referel in this series. I heard from the commentry that umpires are always careful about the better sides decision.

  • overrated_india on June 5, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    and when people say there are no world class players in bd team it makes me sad...just look at the ind team playing in the try nations..guys there aren't doing well because there r no senior crics with them..their r no guidence...just lok at suresh raina..he is not being able to cope up with the presure..so think how much presure sakib al hassan has 2 go through..and still he is performing consistently.. i am not saying tamim is on the same class of jaysuria or gilcrist but if he played 4 a proper team with proper senior cricketers he would have been much better then a breanden mackullam..and i'm not saying sakib would have been as good as jack kallis or kapil dev..but still playing 4 bangladesh with the expectation of 140 million people and with no proper senior player he is a much better allrounder then many premier alrounder playing in world cricket..and if he had the chance of playing 4 england..he would have been much much much much better then a certain grame swan

  • Bingaaa on June 5, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Funny reading all these comments by the bangladesh fans..To be honest bangladesh are just rubbish as a test team..They talk about improving but they have never really improved they have just get a slog player going like tamim it was ashraful for a time that he was making some runs..Its time that their test status is taken away so that teams dont get to try out new players n make their marks against a rubbish side..Even our aussie school team could beat them by a margin..

  • overrated_india on June 5, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    i don know y eng fans r banging their heads for..Eng will win this series 2-0 and anybody who knows anything about cricket knows this,the spotlight wasn't on eng,it was on bd to see how far they can push eng..and they have done exceptionally well..And coming 2 ind..i still think india is the most overrated team of all but that doesn't mean they will be as bad as bd..if we just look at the zim 3 nations what significants can we see in the ind team?..they r no short of tallent,only think missing in this team is the guidance of their senior players,no matter how talented u r u need 2 have seniors in ur team..so ind is losing..now look at bd..they have the same prob since their birth in tests,no one have been consistent enough to hold his place in the team and thats why one after one young boy is thorn in the int area..and they cant cope on..now at last some guys r doing well and in future if this guys can hold onto their place and with new raw talent..bd will do well enough

  • DotBall6 on June 5, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    A good day of cricket. No body is running away with the game, which is a good omen for Bangladesh. BD in ENG was supposed to be a cake walk for England in bother tests. So far Lord's wasn't the case and after the 1st day at Old Trafford we all cricket lovers hope that it will be another good test match to watch. There were stars in both teams (Shafiul and Bell) but none of them will be judged just based on this game. To all the hard core supports from both sides, my excitement is due to the fact that I want to sit and watch the game. Bangladesh is here to stay and it is good for test cricket for all cricket playing nations. Looking forward to some more good cricket for next 4 days.

  • jackiethepen on June 8, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    A number made the same point about Bell being out if a short leg had been in place. Two things to think about. Bell has dominated Bangladesh in all his innings but one so the fielding places show the kind of respect he has earned. He has pushed his fielders back in other words to the opening bowlers. Secondly Bell must have been aware there was no short leg so no risk there. Wouldn't he play accordingly? He was probably watching for real danger areas. If a short leg had been in place Bell is likely to have defended with that in mind. It is really not possible to concur that any batsman would be out to a catch by a fielder not there.

  • Bingaaa on June 5, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    @Bang_la Mate i m no indian and yeah rit on india is no good either they are rubbish as well without a doubt..

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 5, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Interested to read feedback to my posting. I was paying BD fans a sort of compliment-and yes, Eng have been pretty dire vs Australia for a long time till 2005. As I said you fans deserve better.About remarks concerning the makeup of the England side, england is a very very multicultural country, a melting pot if you like. There are quite a lot of Bangledishis here as well as indians, Paks, Sri L's. Because of easy working laws many peopel come here for a better life-strange when you cionsider the weather- and this is a good thing mostly. As for South africans in the side, a source of mirth and /or controversy to some at least 2 of the people named are spurious to the argument-Prior and Strauss. Many South africans have English parents/grandparents- Pietersen, Trott. Also we have only a 4 year residential qualification for cricket. These guys get selected because they have talent, a lot of it. Seems fair. Morgan is Irish plying his trade in UK. And is he not worth the gate money?

  • Bang_La on June 5, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    @Bingaaa, the indian in disguise. Tell me of a major series for last 5 years where India played anything close to Australia! I was joking the other day that Raina was copying Shakib, "We have to learn from our mistakes and improve." Dhoni almost echos same line everytime competent opponents pulls off Indian pants. Why this for a super-team? Starting playing cricket in 30s, India had such sorry progress in international cricket that had there been no big money powerhouse, based on huge consumers' market and the Indian cricketers were not needed to make stars to appear as models for those consumeables, by now India's name would have been written on water, quite Shelly-itely! :)

  • soul-redeemer on June 5, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    @ overrated_india - i am totally agree with you.....

  • Jahan.MS on June 5, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    I think you guys are correct about the ability of the bd team. They are very young team to play in the highest level of competition but they are learning quickly. If they can do little better day by day then it will boost their temparament eventually they can defend any better side. Only few players have to be careful about their shot selection especially Ash and Shakib. They should not improvise their shots at the earlier stage what they can do at the later stage after set. I think they should realize from their past errors.

    As regards of umpiring, I can say that's why English team has not taken referel in this series. I heard from the commentry that umpires are always careful about the better sides decision.

  • overrated_india on June 5, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    and when people say there are no world class players in bd team it makes me sad...just look at the ind team playing in the try nations..guys there aren't doing well because there r no senior crics with them..their r no guidence...just lok at suresh raina..he is not being able to cope up with the presure..so think how much presure sakib al hassan has 2 go through..and still he is performing consistently.. i am not saying tamim is on the same class of jaysuria or gilcrist but if he played 4 a proper team with proper senior cricketers he would have been much better then a breanden mackullam..and i'm not saying sakib would have been as good as jack kallis or kapil dev..but still playing 4 bangladesh with the expectation of 140 million people and with no proper senior player he is a much better allrounder then many premier alrounder playing in world cricket..and if he had the chance of playing 4 england..he would have been much much much much better then a certain grame swan

  • Bingaaa on June 5, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Funny reading all these comments by the bangladesh fans..To be honest bangladesh are just rubbish as a test team..They talk about improving but they have never really improved they have just get a slog player going like tamim it was ashraful for a time that he was making some runs..Its time that their test status is taken away so that teams dont get to try out new players n make their marks against a rubbish side..Even our aussie school team could beat them by a margin..

  • overrated_india on June 5, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    i don know y eng fans r banging their heads for..Eng will win this series 2-0 and anybody who knows anything about cricket knows this,the spotlight wasn't on eng,it was on bd to see how far they can push eng..and they have done exceptionally well..And coming 2 ind..i still think india is the most overrated team of all but that doesn't mean they will be as bad as bd..if we just look at the zim 3 nations what significants can we see in the ind team?..they r no short of tallent,only think missing in this team is the guidance of their senior players,no matter how talented u r u need 2 have seniors in ur team..so ind is losing..now look at bd..they have the same prob since their birth in tests,no one have been consistent enough to hold his place in the team and thats why one after one young boy is thorn in the int area..and they cant cope on..now at last some guys r doing well and in future if this guys can hold onto their place and with new raw talent..bd will do well enough

  • DotBall6 on June 5, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    A good day of cricket. No body is running away with the game, which is a good omen for Bangladesh. BD in ENG was supposed to be a cake walk for England in bother tests. So far Lord's wasn't the case and after the 1st day at Old Trafford we all cricket lovers hope that it will be another good test match to watch. There were stars in both teams (Shafiul and Bell) but none of them will be judged just based on this game. To all the hard core supports from both sides, my excitement is due to the fact that I want to sit and watch the game. Bangladesh is here to stay and it is good for test cricket for all cricket playing nations. Looking forward to some more good cricket for next 4 days.

  • vichan on June 5, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @ Bengali Tiger: You said "I think Mr. Nick Knight has either gone mad or being biased for comparing Monty Panesar to Shakib. There is atleast a day and night difference between [them]"...Shakib has 71 Test wickets @ 33.36, mostly on spin-friendly subcontinental pitches. Monty has 126 Test wickets @ 34.37, without as much pitch advantage. Could hardly say there's much difference between them...

  • crashbang on June 5, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    well i say it again, Bell has again been the thorn in the Bangladesh side, he was dropped how many times are people dropped in matches ,and go on, you also say he was out LBW, i hear this rubbish and sad comments all the time, get over it or don,t bother watching or listening to the game. Evey time you read peoples comments here you would swear that England never win, well could you tell me how many times Bangladesh has beaten England, in any form of Cricket.?????????????

  • virtualshah on June 5, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    @ maximum6 ; Some people are definitely worried about BD Cricket. We are supporting BD Cricket as we know our pipeline. There are a lot of Tamim / Ash/ Sakib emerging. BD don't need to buy / hire foreign people to establish themselves in world Cric. If you like cricket support Bangladesh or get some from SA / Aus / Ire / Scot / Neth / NZ / PAK etc and named the Team "Mars" or "Jupitar" or name it after any "Island" of your choice. Bill Gates / Roman Abramovich like tycoons may fancy their chances if they are going to think like you.

  • musicangel on June 5, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    i think bangladesh has played really well! england could have done more like 300 or maybe 350...i'd say- good attack from bd players! shafiul,shakib and razzak played well, yes, shahadat could've done better but still every1 cant be the best all the time! it was a good game but the umpires are always being unfair to bangladesh team-that's one kind of cheating!!!! newez-GOOD LUCK TIGERS!

  • aalhasankh on June 5, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    I think above all Bangladesh needs a dependable wicketkeeper to encash whatever small opportunities are created by the toiling Bangladeshi bowlers.Mushfiqur Rahim's performance behind the wicket has so far been pathetic and heartbreaking for the bowlers as well as the spectators.So far as the umpires are concerned,even Bangladeshi umpires were seen to have erred against Bangladeshi players and in favour of their opponents.To err is human but why does it have to be always against Bangladesh?

  • on June 5, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Wow 'maximum6'. Don't know where you come from, but all I can tell you, Bangladesh is playing all Bangladeshi player, I mean they really are! You know, gown up up in an under privileged society, playing on no pitch, some of them can't even afford to buy all the gear. But guess what 'these lads' are giving you very good run for your money or maybe they are trying. Well at least all the players England collecting these days from here and there, South Africa, Ireland, you name it. So call us delusional, maybe we are, So what? at least they go out there with no fear and give it a shot. I can tell you that day is not so far away where you will run out of imports and umpires might not give all the favours they give you these days. And before you know it when you start to think there are only "dregs are left" as you say it, you might topple over!

  • 6sixers6 on June 5, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    @Maximum6, yeah I agree with you. But just one question before that.. How many Original Englishmen are in your squad? As far as I'm concerned south africans, irish etc etc.. Cant see any real english there.. I guess you should play cricket with the name of MultinationalTean not as England anymore. What say you my friend?

  • Ibanez_rg470 on June 5, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    guys... leave the bangladeshi bowlers alone... first of all the team don have a single bowler to rely on secondly none of them are experienced enough to play test. check their records the number of tests they played wouldn't exceed more than 25...and they are playing test against a country where officially the cricket was born...they r playing against a nation who have been playing cricket for more than 100 years...even though england has been playing cricket for that long still untill this 20/20 world cup wht big international achievements they had in their bags???.. i'm not saying england plays bad or something .. m trying to say give bangladesh team time to improve, the more they will play the more they will improve.. 3 years ago bangladesh didn't have any good opening batsman..now look at their batting line ups.. they have few world class batsman now.. similar way they will slowly improve their bowling and fieldings...they just need time and support from other test playing nations.

  • Arif.m on June 5, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    BD players are definitely showing a lot of improvements...there should be no doubt about it. It takes some time to become a tier one team. Lets not forget where was Srilanka in the 80's and early 90's. See where they are now...Hopefully BD will become a great team in 5 years time frame.

    @maximum6...I can remember several ashes where England were white washed by Australia...lower than ordinary performance...huh? so it takes larger heart to bear the loss and greater hearts to overcome it. BD does have that capability.

  • on June 5, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    quite frankly the coments here suggesting that anyone in the bangladesh team are world class is utterly ridiculous.

    They are not good enough to be playing test cricket yet, the may be in 5 to 10 years but at the moment they are a long long way short. They will have the odd good day and today shd be included in that, but if the eng batters treated them with an ounce of respect they would be 380 for 2. Pieterson for instance thought he could blast 200 in the day you could see it in his eyes. that arrogance cost him of course but will he change his assesment of the standard of the bowling in the second innings, lol no chance they are 4th raters at best.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 4, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    i love some of the comments by you Bangladeshi fans; if your team were half as good as you, you'd be number one side by miles. I suppose delusion is like that-saying the glass is full when only the dregs are left.Maybe your team will one day support you in your support! Any way leave Bell alone. He's got an average of nearly 300 in these games and is hardly capable of an ugly shot. Kenya should have got your Test slot in 2000 by many a mile. Some of them could play; consider yourselves very lucky.

  • landl47 on June 4, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Bangladesh bowled and fielded very well today and I thought they were a bit unlucky not to get a couple more wickets. However, unless they can roll England over in the first session tomorrow, it's going to be an uphill battle. This pitch seems to have more bounce and turn than Lord's and if England get around 400 I suspect it will be asking too much for Bangladesh to get a first innings lead. Batting fourth on this pitch won't be a picnic and anything over 250 will be mighty hard to reach. Still, well done Bangladesh today for a good effort.

  • jim_jubabir on June 4, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Shafiul is a good bowler. obviously better than robiul who didnt catch my eye at all. i thought Bangladesh couldve played rubel hossain istead of Tamim as he has 2 injuries together at the same time. rubel couldve had bounce and pace. on day-2 Bangladesh should restrict them before lunch. if not possible, then take 2-3 wickets before going into lunch. and as far as England is concerned, prior and bell should stay till lunch. AND ROXAP, ITS SHAHADAT WHO GRUNTS. but thats not bad, shane warne, harmison(if im not wrong) also grunts LIKE A FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER!!

  • vichan on June 4, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    @ realredbaron - You said: "The last thing to say here is 'Bangladeshi bowlers don't really pose him too many fears'. Ridiculous observation"... Is it a ridiculous observation to suggest that Bangladesh has a poor attack. This is their 68th Test and in only four of these has Bangladesh managed to take 20 wickets in the match. All four of those were against opposition fielding their 2nd or 3rd teams i.e. Zimbabwe in 2004/5 just before their suspension from Test cricket and West Indies in 2009 when their entire regular squad were on strike.

  • roxap on June 4, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    @cashbang i totally agree with you, bell has extremely high average against bangladesh and i think he is set to make a big hundred, morgan was unlucky to miss a high scoring opportunity he could have also scored a massive hundred against this bowling attack........ morgan was unlucky to get caugh on a poor delivery but the fielder took an excellent catch.....

  • _Rafi_ on June 4, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    After a fair lords test umpires now back on track. Two Lbw decisions have not been given and many more to come and needless to say Bangladesh will suffer more

  • kempson94 on June 4, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    i think realredbaron should look up bell's average against bangladesh and then seriously reasess his comments.

    a solid day for england overall, i can see them passing 450 and can imagine swann will cause another decision to be made about the follow-on. all behind bell for a hundred, prior, swann, shahzad and anderson to contribute, before the new ball chips away, and swanny does the rest.

  • irampool on June 4, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Shafiul's spell at the morning was a stunning one...!!! Ian Bell would have been sitting at the balcony of the dressing room by now, if Shakib didn't move that short leg fielder after Cook's dismissal...and not to mention, Mushfiq couldn't come to the line of the ball to give Ian Bell a 2nd chance to build up his innings....!!! Apart from those two things....it was Bandladesh's day definitely.....now hopefully they'll get the remaining wickets pretty fast tomorrow and get on with the game when they come on to bat....middle order needs to click too this time...!!!!

  • saladin3 on June 4, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I think Shafiul is much better bowler than Shahadat.He has got really good control ,line n length and pace in his bowling which Shahadat lacks! 275/5 on 1stday not a bad efforts!

    All those arrogant,egoistic people against Bangladesh playing test cricket should know that if you continue bashing a team like Bangladesh and dont support them to develop in test cricket there will be no future for test cricket. Only Ashes, or 1 or 2 series will not do any good for test cricket.Which is by default is the boring,slow,time killer form of the game! A good length ball in test cricket is left alone whereas in t20/ODI we can enjoy a good yorker which can be hit for six or four! Now where the is future of cricket lies....!

  • zaman_ash on June 4, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    a typical 1st day 4 BD at old trafford... ups & downs... lack of consistency...except one new thing- few english players seemingly got attacked by bangladeshi syndrome(NOT d one included in british medical journal)....lack of patience :P @roxap: lol, dat's shahadat; not shafiul. @crashbang: tell u wht, u actually need NOT to post ur comment here... ur name-'CRASH BANG' tells us d whole story!!!

  • bd_love on June 4, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Little things make a big difference in all form of cricket. The dropped catch and the bad umpiring decisions on LBW may sound like all part of the game. Another umpiring decision to call off the game due to bad light is a part of the game, I suppose. I wonder why all these have to be always unfair to the underdogs. Is that a part of the game to? Little things make a big difference in all forms of cricket.. and victims are the underdogs!

  • on June 4, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    As usual BELL seems to get a high percentage of his runs when it dosent matter I dont think Andrew that bell played any vital innings at all because if you look at the matches where makes his Vital contribution England usually end up winning comfortably.He and Cook belong to the same mould of flat track bullies when theres no pressure the seem to score a lot of run against soft opposition.If your thinking that they will come and score hundreds at brisbane yours sadly mistaken the only places where they will make century s if Aus bowl very very very very badly are Adelaide and the now very flat and slow perth wicket.

  • Hirok on June 4, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    @roxap it was shahadat who grunt like maria sharapova while bowling. @ crashbang your cricket sense is not so improved

  • BangEng on June 4, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Well done bowlers. Get Bell's bail off early in the morning tomorrow, and u got the match

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on June 4, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I think Mr. Nick Knight has either gone mad or being biased for comparing Monty Panesar to Shakib. There is atleast a day and night difference between the both and Shakib is World Class and much better, so therefore there is no comparison. I think doing the commentary for a whole day in a hot summers day is quite tough (well atleast for some!). Its good to see Bangladesh applying pressure and hopefully they can get early wickets tomorow morning. Well done Tigers!!!!!!!!

  • tareks_bangladesh on June 4, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    At crashbang realredbaron... crashbang Forgot to read the bulletin...u could do that at least silly mistake....since u r a big expert of cricket

  • realredbaron on June 4, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    i doubt crashbang actually watched 1st day of the match. Because clearly Ian Bell was put down by the keeper Mushfiq and then the umpire turned down an LBW decision against Bell. The last thing to say here is "Bangladeshi bowlers don't really pose him too many fears". Ridiculous observation.

  • ShamimH on June 4, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Again some of the comments of Cricket journos and commentators borders on ignorance and arrogance regarding Bangladesh playing Test Cricket. All have to say to these naysayers wake up - cricket would be dying game if we do not get more test nations into the current ranks.

  • roxap on June 4, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    is that shafiul who grunt like a female tennis player while bowling?????

  • crashbang on June 4, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Bell seems to relish the task of batting against Bangladesh, and has passed 50 again and has again shown that Bangladesh bowlers do not really pose him to many fears, well done the to the quiet achiever.

  • zarifzars on June 4, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Go shafiul go... Take more wickets! But if Bangladesh cannot restrict England today, it will be very tough for them.

  • Bang_La on June 4, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Good morning Andrew. Against experts' wise opinions, I still think Shafiul is far better than Rabiul, albeit the latter found some wickets in the warm up matches. Besides, Shafiul also has a wider bat and could be handy in search of some frantic runs if Bangladesh top order collapses. Andrew, I wonder, is British media putting high praises for Bangladesh by exaggerating their performance to boost up morale for England considering the ensuing Ashes OR Bangladesh have really shown some improvements? However, it was VERY pleasing to know that ECB has extended an invitation for Bangladesh to visit again under 15 years :). Take care, Mister Miller.

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  • Bang_La on June 4, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Good morning Andrew. Against experts' wise opinions, I still think Shafiul is far better than Rabiul, albeit the latter found some wickets in the warm up matches. Besides, Shafiul also has a wider bat and could be handy in search of some frantic runs if Bangladesh top order collapses. Andrew, I wonder, is British media putting high praises for Bangladesh by exaggerating their performance to boost up morale for England considering the ensuing Ashes OR Bangladesh have really shown some improvements? However, it was VERY pleasing to know that ECB has extended an invitation for Bangladesh to visit again under 15 years :). Take care, Mister Miller.

  • zarifzars on June 4, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Go shafiul go... Take more wickets! But if Bangladesh cannot restrict England today, it will be very tough for them.

  • crashbang on June 4, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Bell seems to relish the task of batting against Bangladesh, and has passed 50 again and has again shown that Bangladesh bowlers do not really pose him to many fears, well done the to the quiet achiever.

  • roxap on June 4, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    is that shafiul who grunt like a female tennis player while bowling?????

  • ShamimH on June 4, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Again some of the comments of Cricket journos and commentators borders on ignorance and arrogance regarding Bangladesh playing Test Cricket. All have to say to these naysayers wake up - cricket would be dying game if we do not get more test nations into the current ranks.

  • realredbaron on June 4, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    i doubt crashbang actually watched 1st day of the match. Because clearly Ian Bell was put down by the keeper Mushfiq and then the umpire turned down an LBW decision against Bell. The last thing to say here is "Bangladeshi bowlers don't really pose him too many fears". Ridiculous observation.

  • tareks_bangladesh on June 4, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    At crashbang realredbaron... crashbang Forgot to read the bulletin...u could do that at least silly mistake....since u r a big expert of cricket

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on June 4, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    I think Mr. Nick Knight has either gone mad or being biased for comparing Monty Panesar to Shakib. There is atleast a day and night difference between the both and Shakib is World Class and much better, so therefore there is no comparison. I think doing the commentary for a whole day in a hot summers day is quite tough (well atleast for some!). Its good to see Bangladesh applying pressure and hopefully they can get early wickets tomorow morning. Well done Tigers!!!!!!!!

  • BangEng on June 4, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Well done bowlers. Get Bell's bail off early in the morning tomorrow, and u got the match

  • Hirok on June 4, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    @roxap it was shahadat who grunt like maria sharapova while bowling. @ crashbang your cricket sense is not so improved