England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day June 6, 2010

Anderson and Finn rout Bangladesh

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England 419 (Bell 128, Prior 93, Shakib 5-121) beat Bangladesh 216 (Tamim 108, Swann 5-76) and 123 (Finn 5-42) by an innings and 80 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Steven Finn bounced through Bangladesh to complete his second five-wicket of the series, after James Anderson had broken their resistance in an unplayable spell of new-ball swing bowling, as England surged to victory by an innings and 80 runs in a remarkable day's play at a damp and overcast Old Trafford. Following a two-and-a-quarter hour delay, England's decision to enforce the follow-on was amply justified, as they achieved the rare feat of claiming ten wickets in consecutive sessions.

Bangladesh came out to bat with a 203-run first-innings deficit, but they never recovered from the devastating loss of Tamim Iqbal to the second delivery of the innings - and nor, to be frank, did they really try. After consecutive scores against England of 86, 14, 85, 52, 55, 103 and 108, the law of averages dictated that Tamim was due to miss out at some stage, but to do so under gloomy skies and against a swing-tastic Anderson sent a message of abject defeatism to his fragile colleagues.

After punching his first delivery with confidence and aggression through the covers, Tamim fenced at his second, a zippy lifter outside off stump, and grazed a simple edge through to Matt Prior. For the first time in the series, that left his partner, Imrul Kayes, to cope on his own, and while he gutsed it out as best he could for five overs, the steep bounce of Finn eventually did for him for the fourth innings in a row, as he wafted a hook to Ajmal Shahzad at deep square leg, just as he had done during Saturday night's collapse.

Junaid Siddique joined the procession five balls later, as Anderson's booming outswing snicked his edge and skewed to Kevin Pietersen in the gully, and Finn made it 21 for 4 when Jahurul Islam dabbed atrociously outside off, for Prior to claim his second catch - a touch gingerly, as it happens, as he was nursing a damaged nerve in his right index finger.

The ever-maligned Mohammad Ashraful claimed two fours in three balls as Finn's peculiar habit of losing his footing in his followthrough persuaded Andrew Strauss to remove him from the attack after five overs, but Anderson ended his brief stay via a looping edge to Jonathan Trott at first slip, before Ajmal Shahzad produced a beauty to snick Shakib Al Hasan's off bail as the ball jagged back at the left-hander.

At 39 for 6, Bangladesh had lost 14 wickets in the match for 129 runs, and were tumbling hopelessly towards their lowest score of all time - 62 against Sri Lanka in July 2007. But Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim, two batsmen whose obduracy had not really been witnessed so far on this tour, helped patch up the scorecard in a 37-run stand for the seventh wicket. Mushfiqur required treatment for a painful blow on the fingers from Shahzad, but he wasn't dislodged until Finn returned to the attack in the 26th over - whereupon he clipped a first-ball loosener obligingly to midwicket, and trooped off aghast for 13 from 42 balls.

Mahmudullah's response was to go down swinging - literally, as he belted consecutive bouncers from Finn for four before snicking a top-edge through to Prior in the same over, and his gung-ho attitude rubbed off on Abdur Razzak, who took advantage of Graeme Swann's preoccupation with a bleeding finger to smash his very next over for two fours and a six over cow corner. But his partner, Shafiul Islam, wasn't quite so proactive in his approach, and Finn mopped up his second five-wicket haul of the series as Andrew Strauss scooped a low (TV-verified) chance at first slip.

Four balls later, it was all over bar the presentations, as Razzak aimed another mow at Swann, for Eoin Morgan to steady himself at long-on and cling onto a steepling chance. Despite the elation of Tamim's century on Saturday afternoon, Bangladesh had contrived to lose 20 wickets for 213 inside two sessions. It represented a sad crash-landing at the end of a series in which they had won a lot of friends for the style and intent of their play.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • goodmood08 on June 10, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Being able to play in different conditions is something the BD team needs to learn over time. They performed relatively better in their home conditions against England. By not having their main strike bowler Mashrafee (who seems to have accustomed himself in different environments quite well) may also have been somewhat of a factor for the result. But got to give credit to where it's really due. England players played brilliantly and never let up the pressure. As far as the debate over test status is concerned look no further than Zimbabway and what they are doing to the big teams. Five years from now we shall see all this noise will vanish in thin air.

  • Sam_k14 on June 9, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I have been telling for sometime that BD team should not be playing test cricket. Their more than comprehensive defeats not only proves my point it also suggests that they should not be playing ANY FORM of international cricket. Their test status should be revoked immediately. We as fans want to see decent teams playing not some substandard teams who canht bat,ball or field. I also noted one BD fan says BD lost because the sun was not shining! Well that arguement is laughable but it ranks better than BD cricket!! Why or why do we have to put up with these teams that ruin the English summer. I suggest we as fans start collecting signatures and petition the ICC to remove BD test status.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @dipkirkup, At lords Bangladesh played very well, yes they lost by 8 wickets, but that was as much down to the Field settings...The counties are not controlled by the ECB, and as they are only allowed one or two overseas players on thier books, they will always opt for players that are able to perform at that level, from what we've seen only Tamin, siddique, Kayes have that ability. However playing in Local leagues like the Lancashire or Yorkshire leagues for a season or two will give them the experience of english conditions. I also take isse that it should be solely undertaken by the ECB, and would say that the BCCI and SL Cricket Boards need to take a bigger lead in this as it was afterall them that pushed for BD to be promoted for political reasons to give them more voting power.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    @Boris, there are always 2 men of the series, each one is selected by the coach and captain of the opposing team, and it normally represents the player that was considered the biggest threat by the opposition. In the case of England, rightly so Tamin was considered the biggest threat in the Bangladesh Team, 2 hundreds at almost a run a ball, and the Bangladesh coach felt that Finn was the biggest threat in the series from england, 15 wickets out of a maximum 40 is a significant haul and represents 37.5% of the wickets available, not bad for a player in only his 4th test match.

  • bumsonseats on June 7, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    i have had my fill of Bangladesh supporters. they say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. i went to the London test and they did not play badly, but in the end well beaten by 8 wickets. but some of their supporters on here thought they deserved 7/10 points and england 5/10. they were beaten by an innings and 80 runs a walloping. then to top that, all they complain about Finn getting the wait for it the english man of the series not the man of the series . each coach/backup staff pick the player of the opposition team. get your facts straight. iv no problems with them playing test cricket if fact in a few years they may get quite competitive i would suggest they invest with the ecb help. were some off their players play in county cricket for 1/2 a season. and they also dig up their own pitches and relay with wickets with a bit of grass and pace. then start to find guys who are willing to bowl at 85mph then they may start to win tests.

  • landl47 on June 7, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Better teams than Bangladesh would have struggled against Anderson in these conditions. Look, the Bangladeshis have made the sensible decision to pick a young team so they can grow together as a unit. Now is not the time to lose faith. I think they have the nucleus of a good side, with two players of real class in Tamim and Shakib. Once the others improve a little, as they will since they are all so young, Bangladesh will be putting up respectable performances. England look a useful team with good depth. Personally I'd rather see them play five bowlers, since some of the bowlers can bat. Pakistan will be a better test, although Pakistani cricket is in such turmoil at the moment that who knows how they'll play?

  • boris6491 on June 7, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Tamim cannot perform every game. Sure, he got out to a very poor shot but the likes of Junaid, Shakib, and Rahim have just been disappointing when their team really needed them throughout this entire series. I do not mention Ashraful because he is and will remain a disappointment, he shows no signs of maturing as a batsman. I really thought Bangladesh could challenge England and they have even going so far as to dominate stages of the two tests but throwing away the initiative spectacularly when they had it or just bringing out a miserable show suddenly as shown by all four innings in the two tests. I was really surprised and quite angry to be honest to see that Steven Finn had achieved the man of the series in conjunction with Tamim. Finn has done nothing to deserve a man of the series award, he may have bowled well at times but I really felt that took away from the achievements of Tamim in this series. I don't feel such accolades for decent but not great performances are deserved.

  • tompuffin on June 7, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Bangladesh really need to get their players to play more cricket against higher tier players. Maybe they could sort a deal out with the English/Indian leagues, and loan player out. Whatever the case, Bangladesh really need to make some changes if they are going to do well. Start with kicking Ashraful... He must have graduated from the Chris Martin Batting Academy with flying colours...

  • YorkshirePudding on June 7, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I didnt realise that Bangladesh cricket only had 4 bowling machines, thats disgraceful especially for a test nation and at around £2-5000 they should be well within the BCB's budget...The comment about the other nations helping Bangladesh cricket out, however its a chicken and egg situation, the counties will look at bringing in the talented players, like Tamin, but the other Bangladesh cricketers need to be prepared to play Grade/Club cricket or at the very most play in a Second/third county/state XI...The counties may be persuaded to open the Acadamies but it will not be for free, and I believe Australia has already done this with the likes of Tamin, and a couple of others, what amazes me is that India, and SL (the two nations that really pushed for Bangladseh to bbe granted test status) dont invite Bangladesh players to play in thier domestic leagues.

  • kryon on June 7, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Those saying that BD shud not play tests better watch out for Eng in the coming tours.I think Eng got matches against Pak and Aus coming up.And frankly what I saw in this series doesnt speak well for the eng team.Alister cook and Peterson looked average even against the BD attack.For BD..Drop Ash and only bring him back if he scores a double at home and gets an average of 50 each innings in the domestic tournament.Its high time to find replacement players for all in the team as backup.Shahadat also has the Ashphobia.He thinks he is a really gud fast bowler and ends up being called as average at Old Trafford.Surprisingly Shafiul with his small stature compared to Shahadat generates more pace than him.BCB shud make deals with other boards like SA,AUS,NZ and Eng so tht our Batsmen can play a few matches in their domestic longer version and their bowlers play in our Longer versions.Btw BD is nw a formidable oneday side only because teams played against thm in tests followed by onedayers.

  • goodmood08 on June 10, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Being able to play in different conditions is something the BD team needs to learn over time. They performed relatively better in their home conditions against England. By not having their main strike bowler Mashrafee (who seems to have accustomed himself in different environments quite well) may also have been somewhat of a factor for the result. But got to give credit to where it's really due. England players played brilliantly and never let up the pressure. As far as the debate over test status is concerned look no further than Zimbabway and what they are doing to the big teams. Five years from now we shall see all this noise will vanish in thin air.

  • Sam_k14 on June 9, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    I have been telling for sometime that BD team should not be playing test cricket. Their more than comprehensive defeats not only proves my point it also suggests that they should not be playing ANY FORM of international cricket. Their test status should be revoked immediately. We as fans want to see decent teams playing not some substandard teams who canht bat,ball or field. I also noted one BD fan says BD lost because the sun was not shining! Well that arguement is laughable but it ranks better than BD cricket!! Why or why do we have to put up with these teams that ruin the English summer. I suggest we as fans start collecting signatures and petition the ICC to remove BD test status.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @dipkirkup, At lords Bangladesh played very well, yes they lost by 8 wickets, but that was as much down to the Field settings...The counties are not controlled by the ECB, and as they are only allowed one or two overseas players on thier books, they will always opt for players that are able to perform at that level, from what we've seen only Tamin, siddique, Kayes have that ability. However playing in Local leagues like the Lancashire or Yorkshire leagues for a season or two will give them the experience of english conditions. I also take isse that it should be solely undertaken by the ECB, and would say that the BCCI and SL Cricket Boards need to take a bigger lead in this as it was afterall them that pushed for BD to be promoted for political reasons to give them more voting power.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    @Boris, there are always 2 men of the series, each one is selected by the coach and captain of the opposing team, and it normally represents the player that was considered the biggest threat by the opposition. In the case of England, rightly so Tamin was considered the biggest threat in the Bangladesh Team, 2 hundreds at almost a run a ball, and the Bangladesh coach felt that Finn was the biggest threat in the series from england, 15 wickets out of a maximum 40 is a significant haul and represents 37.5% of the wickets available, not bad for a player in only his 4th test match.

  • bumsonseats on June 7, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    i have had my fill of Bangladesh supporters. they say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. i went to the London test and they did not play badly, but in the end well beaten by 8 wickets. but some of their supporters on here thought they deserved 7/10 points and england 5/10. they were beaten by an innings and 80 runs a walloping. then to top that, all they complain about Finn getting the wait for it the english man of the series not the man of the series . each coach/backup staff pick the player of the opposition team. get your facts straight. iv no problems with them playing test cricket if fact in a few years they may get quite competitive i would suggest they invest with the ecb help. were some off their players play in county cricket for 1/2 a season. and they also dig up their own pitches and relay with wickets with a bit of grass and pace. then start to find guys who are willing to bowl at 85mph then they may start to win tests.

  • landl47 on June 7, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Better teams than Bangladesh would have struggled against Anderson in these conditions. Look, the Bangladeshis have made the sensible decision to pick a young team so they can grow together as a unit. Now is not the time to lose faith. I think they have the nucleus of a good side, with two players of real class in Tamim and Shakib. Once the others improve a little, as they will since they are all so young, Bangladesh will be putting up respectable performances. England look a useful team with good depth. Personally I'd rather see them play five bowlers, since some of the bowlers can bat. Pakistan will be a better test, although Pakistani cricket is in such turmoil at the moment that who knows how they'll play?

  • boris6491 on June 7, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Tamim cannot perform every game. Sure, he got out to a very poor shot but the likes of Junaid, Shakib, and Rahim have just been disappointing when their team really needed them throughout this entire series. I do not mention Ashraful because he is and will remain a disappointment, he shows no signs of maturing as a batsman. I really thought Bangladesh could challenge England and they have even going so far as to dominate stages of the two tests but throwing away the initiative spectacularly when they had it or just bringing out a miserable show suddenly as shown by all four innings in the two tests. I was really surprised and quite angry to be honest to see that Steven Finn had achieved the man of the series in conjunction with Tamim. Finn has done nothing to deserve a man of the series award, he may have bowled well at times but I really felt that took away from the achievements of Tamim in this series. I don't feel such accolades for decent but not great performances are deserved.

  • tompuffin on June 7, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Bangladesh really need to get their players to play more cricket against higher tier players. Maybe they could sort a deal out with the English/Indian leagues, and loan player out. Whatever the case, Bangladesh really need to make some changes if they are going to do well. Start with kicking Ashraful... He must have graduated from the Chris Martin Batting Academy with flying colours...

  • YorkshirePudding on June 7, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I didnt realise that Bangladesh cricket only had 4 bowling machines, thats disgraceful especially for a test nation and at around £2-5000 they should be well within the BCB's budget...The comment about the other nations helping Bangladesh cricket out, however its a chicken and egg situation, the counties will look at bringing in the talented players, like Tamin, but the other Bangladesh cricketers need to be prepared to play Grade/Club cricket or at the very most play in a Second/third county/state XI...The counties may be persuaded to open the Acadamies but it will not be for free, and I believe Australia has already done this with the likes of Tamin, and a couple of others, what amazes me is that India, and SL (the two nations that really pushed for Bangladseh to bbe granted test status) dont invite Bangladesh players to play in thier domestic leagues.

  • kryon on June 7, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Those saying that BD shud not play tests better watch out for Eng in the coming tours.I think Eng got matches against Pak and Aus coming up.And frankly what I saw in this series doesnt speak well for the eng team.Alister cook and Peterson looked average even against the BD attack.For BD..Drop Ash and only bring him back if he scores a double at home and gets an average of 50 each innings in the domestic tournament.Its high time to find replacement players for all in the team as backup.Shahadat also has the Ashphobia.He thinks he is a really gud fast bowler and ends up being called as average at Old Trafford.Surprisingly Shafiul with his small stature compared to Shahadat generates more pace than him.BCB shud make deals with other boards like SA,AUS,NZ and Eng so tht our Batsmen can play a few matches in their domestic longer version and their bowlers play in our Longer versions.Btw BD is nw a formidable oneday side only because teams played against thm in tests followed by onedayers.

  • Kaaaaaaash on June 7, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Such a easy victory for ensglish team at Lords. May be Pakistan also suffer the same thing when they face Aussies here after June 2010. I think the main key was when Strauss brought back the Ajmal Shehzad and he done the trick for England. Well i am sure after a long long time English team finally got some one who real quick in the air. Proud to Ajmal Shehzad (Being a Pakistani)

  • Lizzyp on June 7, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Everyone seems so concerned with whether or not B'desh should have test status, they've missed a MUCH bigger issue. B'desh put up a good fight while the sun was shining - England only started to make serious inroads once the weather changed. In case anyone has forgotten, the sun shines an awful lot of the time in Oz - hosts to the Ashes at year end. Instead of slagging off B'desh, how about giving them credit for showing a chink in the England armour that needs fixing before November!!!

  • Abaa on June 7, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    @ Paul Rone-Clarke: Sri Lanka had more than just Murali and Jayasuriya ... They had another good bowler in Vaas and the best batsman the country produced in Aravinda. A few old school batsmen like Tilakaratne, Gurusinghe and Mahanama. Add in a fired up keeper and a crazy captain and you've got an all-round team. It just shocked everyone peaking at the right time possible! @ bdcricfan21: Man are you serious they spent lakhs on flowers despite having just four bowling machines in the entire country?

    Bangladesh has got their best batsman ever in Tamim. But their problem is obviously the too much responsibility in him. Sack Ashraful first since his place in the team makes a guy like Mahmudullah (test average in 30's) bat at no.8. Also choosing Mushfiqur in as a batsman and picking a specialist keeper (I'm sure they can find or MAKE ONE) as a superior gloveman can save the team upto 50 or even more runs (see what Kamran's fumbling earlier this year cost Pakistan in the Sydney test).

  • plmx on June 7, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    The embarrassment dished out in the last few days must be unbearable for both Bangladesh and those who rushed BD through to Test status. Not returning till 2020 must be a huge relief for all concerned. It is unfair to blame the BD cricketers alone. Past reports suggests, inter alia, that they have only 2 bowling machines in entire BD, an essential tool when BD lacks pace bowlers. Team selection also verges on the bizarre and ridiculous! Andy Zaltzman in a cutting piece highlighted the fact that Ashraful averages 12.7 runs in "away" matches over the last 10 yrs or so. True to form he has averaged 12.5 in this series! And yet the BD selectors claim he is a core member of the batting line up, occupying the prized 4 or 5 position. An implicit admission that there are no better batsmen available in BD to choose from is a damning indictment. The ICC must have a serious headache here, having to balance Asian cricket politics and the duty to maintain the quality and integrity of Test Cricket.

  • on June 7, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    I really dont understand what Ashraful is doing in our team !!! he scored (21, 4)= 25runs in 1st test & (14, 11)= 25runs in 2nd test in this test series . this is definitely not a score we want from a batsman who bat into 4th/5th position in a team. look at last 5 test record of him, vs WI -> (3,6)= 9 runs in 1st test & (3,12)= 15 runs in 2nd test vs IND -> (27,2)= 29 runs in 1st test & (25,39)= 64 runs in 2nd test vs NZ -> (2,12)= 14 runs in 1st and only test his career average is 22.38 which is very low. he scored his last test century in 2008. he scored 50+ runs only in 12 innings out of 107 (11.2%) he scored 19 and lower runs in 68 innings out of 107 (63.55%) including 15 DUCKs. he is wasting a important SLOT of a top/middle(4th/5th) order batsman. middle order batsman's are 2nd hope or backup for a team. when Top order break down quickly, middle order batsman fill up the gap. But with this consistent failure batsman, can we really BELIEVE he can be a good backup for our team ?!

  • gracegift on June 7, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Where is Alok Kapali? He was a real talent.

  • ZsZs on June 7, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    The elitists are crazy. You want to curtail teams from the roster? Money talks and the you know what walks. Its all about money, and the more countries play tests, the more money. If you want to see a demise of test cricket then continue to speak like this. Its all about money.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 7, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Oh and Mamahdulla needs to bat higher, he is clearly wasted so far down the order.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 7, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Bang hopefully will tour such places more often, playing alot more warm-up matches and hopefully will grow with experience. The mental weaknesses they have and poor temperament are things only they can sort for themselves. I also hope the BCB preps pitches that help Shafiul for he is a decent pace prospect and bowled really well in England's 1st inning.

  • jamrith on June 6, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    England will face the acid test against Pakistan this summer. Asif,Aamir and Gul will revel in English conditions and Ajmal and Afridi will keep up the pressure as front-line spinners. Of-course, the Pakistani batting has to fire which it may well do especially if Younus is selected. In fact, if the Pakistanis do well against the Aussies in the Tests, England will be almost surely beaten by Pak and will then go on to be routed in the Ashes

  • on June 6, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Gahh, how unfortunate that all the good work came undone at the end of the series. However, I don't understand how people like geoffreyBoycotts_gran and others can speak of B'desh's relegation to practically associate status. People say that the players are not good enough and the matches are too one-sided. What have the more affluent cricket boards done to help groom our (and Afghani, Kenyan, etc) players - relatively little. Even before county cricket, why haven't players like Tamim or Shakib been invited to play in India (not IPL, but proper Ranji cricket)? Why do we just have 4 bowling machines? We obviously need more help and while it might not be in the financial interests of the ECB, CA, BCCI, etc it would be good for the game if we, and the top Associate teams get it.

    (And really, if we continue to make the game more elitist, we will soon only have England-Australia and India-Sri Lanka matches!)

  • on June 6, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Jimmy Anderson is a legend. When he is good he is absolutely out of sight. Would it have mattered who was down the other end? Matt Prior had no chance with some of those boomerangs.

  • JS82 on June 6, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Bangladesh missed the trick in the first innings. They should have avoided the follow on and make England bat on the pitch they batted today. It would have been difficult even for England to score on this pitch. So I dont blame the second innings failure as much I do the first innings. We needed to score 300+ at least in the first innings from 126 for no loss.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 6, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Even though we expected to win the game the way we won was at least brilliant on the bowlers' part as bad on the batsmen's part. Two ten wicket sessions is hot...Some serious swing and pace bowling today really capped a good performance for England. BD should seek to play a few games in Ireland. It will demoralise them less and teach them about conditions in the east Atlantic. Ireland are a good side ,so maybe they could play for one Test berth! That said Tamim was outrageous!

  • jonze on June 6, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    zaman_ash - Please, oh please, forget about d=cricket for a little while and concentrate on spelling and grammar. Bangladesh need a much better league system and major support from the ICC. Michael Holding had some good ideas too.

  • Clive_Dunn on June 6, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    I think the BD supporters need to put this into perspective, it was a very difficult pitch to bat on even when the overhead conditions were clear. Decent pace, erratic bounce and was taking spin. The issue wasn't really the batting, it was conceding 400+ on a 300 pitch. It is going to be difficult winning test matches without having a single reliable pace bowler, and all of Bangladesh's efforts should be put into developing one. One thing that does confuse me though - where are the experienced players ? This will happen to a team of 20 year olds all the time, why is everyone so young ?

  • on June 6, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    THis game makes the gap look bigger than it probably is. Bangladesh have a great batsman - true World Class in Tamin, a great allrounder in Shakib (who will benefit from spending 3 months with Worcestershire this summer) some decent spinners, one decent seamer and another good batsman who "retired" three months ago - and needs to be put back in the team asap (now he's "unretired" himself) 2 good seamers and maybe 2 more good batsmen is all it will take. 7 of the 11 that played today are good. Wicketkeeper is a very good gloveman.Jayasuriya and Murlitheran transformed Sri Lanka in the mid nineties when they hardly won a game before. It only takes 2 or 3 great players to emerge.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 6, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    From what I've seen during day 4 and 5 at lords (live), and watching the highlights from Old trafford, Bangladesh has improved overall from 2005, unfortunately it seems to be Two steps forwards and one back. The series in Bangladesh and the first test at Lord's was definately the two steps forward, Old trafford was unfortuantely one step back...All the parts are there in the batting, Tamin and Kayes opening are world class and natural foils to each other, Siddique and Jahurul need a little work but will be a good middle order players if they apply themselves a little more, Shakib is a world class all rounder, Rahim is a good keeper and useful batsman, Shaiful looks to be a promising medium-fast bowler, Mahmadulla is good with the bat and was under bowled for some reason...The bits missing are two genuine Fast-medium pacers and a replacement for Ashraful.

  • geoffreyBoycotts_gran on June 6, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Clearly B'desh do not belong to this level. Now its the ICC's job to fix their own mess and remove B'desh from the FTP. I don't think even the B'deshis are enjoying such drubbing. This is utter rubbish. In more than 10 years as a team B'desh never threatened to improve considerably given the number of matches they have played against any worthy test opponent. Zimbabwe would be a much better prospect if they are to be reinstated as a test team by the ICC. Test cricket isn't a joke and certainly not meant to be for everyone and if only 8 teams are going to play this format then so be it. It might sound harsh to B'desh fans but truth be told; they don't deserve to play test cricket at this level and should be put in their place by ICC. The idea of two-tier system isn't practical and ICC must speak to B'desh board and make them withdraw from tests. If ICC fails to do this, other test nations should stop hosting B'desh and make ICC realize their mistake.

  • on June 6, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Let's see how England cope up with Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson et al. They may expect the same treatment they gave to Bangladesh!

  • on June 6, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    10 years! isn`it enough for unity. an united attack?

  • vichan on June 6, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    I am an England fan but I feel bitterly disappointed for the Bangladeshi supporters and public. They deserve better than losing every match in a big way, with seemingly no end in sight for the doom and gloom. It's all well and good proposing two tiers for Test cricket, but there still has to be a way to improve the quality of the players in the lower ranked teams. Otherwise how are they to challenge the likes of Aus/SA/Eng/Ind/Sri in the future? Unless the plan is to just have these five playing each other non-stop and for the remaining teams to be confined to the "lower division" for ever. Something desperately needs to be done with the domestic structure in Bangladesh to make it more competitive. ICC/ECB/CA/UCBSA/BCCI - please help!

  • on June 6, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    BD CRICKET BOARD SHULD FIND REPLACEMENT OF ASHRAFUL, RUBEL AND JUNAID SIDDIQUE. ALTHOUGH JUNAID PERFORM WELL RECENTLY, HIS DOMESTIC PERFORMANCE SAYS THERE ARE MANY BATSMAN BETTER THAN JUNAID.

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    @ kryon, BCB officials live on free lunches, and this new president Lotus (he pronouces his name as LOOtas) is the big licker of free lunch. He is an implant and started to treat BCB as his another business enterprise and cricketers as his employees. He is backing Ashrafool, so rest assured, we will see him many more times! But did you and anyone else read a funny comment in the cricinfo live commentary? Someone added, "... the rumour has that, Tamim and Shakib got more wedding proposals in last one year than Ashrafool's total score in his career" LOL

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    @demon_bowler, boy you are late! Your patriarchal icon Boycott licked his words back about Bangladesh batting publicly and gave an explanation that he meant Bangladesh bowling. So much is his standpoint. LOL

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    @Cricfan27, oh yes you are right. So are India, lost twice to Zimbabwe! And don't forget how Indian batsmen squirm against pace bowling, even their great hero Shewag looked like to cry against ordinary Shahadat bouncers, I have recorded evidence, want to watch? :)

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on June 6, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    I've been put off from Cricket altogether, from 2005 till now they only have managed to learn nothing as a team unit. I feel so sorry for Tamim and Shakib, they really deserved to belong in a better team. Hope another County team picks up Tamim as well. I have no sympathy for the whole Bangladesh team, But I wish Tamim and Shakib all the best for the future. By the way, Tamim has the most runs scored in test for 2010 and shakib second highest wicket taker after swan. I think I'm suffering from Depression now.

  • zaman_ash on June 6, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    when BD performs well u people say- ' this is all bcoz dat d opponent played bad ' . when d opponent performs well it turns into- ' BD don't hv d ability ' . when umpires make mistake n it goes against BD u say- ' dis may happen, u gotta survive even after dat ' when it favors BD u start asking- ' now what ud d BD fans say, wht ud b their xcuse'/ ' oh, dat batter/ bowler did well 'coz dat decision went on their way '........ we BD fans r now getting sick of ppl like u!! it's true dat we couldn't but remember it doesn't mean dat we can't...u wanna throw us away frm test arena; fine, do it... but don't 4get to treat ur own team in d same fashion when they go other way...

  • kryon on June 6, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    BCB board members would do a better job by not going on free tours with the team and concentrate on finding a couple of really fast bowlers.And its high time we find a replacement of Ashraful.I always get the feeling that whenever he bats he thinks of what a great talent he is ,which we fail to see in runs.What is our backup to players like Ashraful,Sakib ,and Tamim?I observed the domestic tournament last year and frankly couldn't spot a single player who scored a double or a team that scored more than 600.The pitches are neither batsmen friendly nor bowler friendly.Sadly after 10years of test cricket we couldn't produce a bouncy seaming wicket.By the way why we play 4 day matches instead of 5 day matches at home.No wonder the national players cant stick till the fifth day.Each divisional team should bring at least one fast bowler from outside to play in the longer versions.We could definitely look at Pakistan,India, and Sri lanka for fast bowlers even West Indies if possible.

  • mk49_van on June 6, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Such no contests are part of the reason why T20 with professional team will only become more popular and test cricket will fade away.... For fans of tests the inclusion of Bangladesh in the group of test playing nations is a tragic policy - one whose reversal is sorely needed.

  • realisticman on June 6, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    guys if like to watch some exciting criket from BD, then pls don't praise them. mr. cricfan u must be an indian, but i must tell u dat ur comment missed one word. the line sud b" BD is an extra ordinary team, who can out any team any day even ur india. hahaha.

  • on June 6, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Shakib al hasan and M-asraful has the ability to match draw with England. England are strongest team in Test cricket. But Bangladesh is improving very well. I think we need to change the coach mr jimmi siddons is a Australian. Bangladesh need Asian coach like wasim akram, mohammad azahar uddin , or arjuna ranatunga .And Bangladeshi player need to improve their short selection. they are playing test match as like 20/20 . This a good team. BCB should change the COACH fist. BD need one quality Asian coach

  • Herath-UK on June 6, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    This abysmal performance by BD is really bad for cricket in general;when English cricket has to compete with football & rugby such abject display take the crowd and and public interest away from the game.BD after ten years in the big league has not shown skills and maturity shown by other late entry nations as Pakistan or Sri Lanka and should be at least confined to home test matches only. ICC should act fast and straight otherwise the game will suffer.

    Kent

  • bdcricfan21 on June 6, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    The BCB really need to get serious about BD's test development. If our cricketers were more seasoned at the domestic level, then these kinds of collapses wouldn't occur. We need more 5-day matches at the domestic level. I understand the conditions were foreign to the BD batsmen, but there are ways to practice playing seam movement with bowling machines. The BCB can spend a few lakh taka for flower decorations ( when ICC pres came to visit), yet we only have 4 bowling machines in the whole country. Very disappointing indeed. Bd have lost every single test, odi and t20 this year. How much more does Ashraful have to fail to get dropped? His inclusion in the team, regardless of performance, really makes me question the selection process of our team. BD fans are soooo desperate for a win, and days like this makes me want to stop caring about BD cricket altogether.

  • Umairali10 on June 6, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Well Well Well !!!! , I am personal belief that test status of Bagladesh should have been cancelled long back ..... since it helps other test playing countries to set records easily. As far as tamim is concenred ... i am impessed but Bangladesh as a team have disappointed us so many times. They cant pay 5 days match , its a fact why dont we accept it ....

    Since I know this wont happen so BEST OF LUCK to bangaldesh for their upccoming tours....

  • on June 6, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I am very disappointed..As a Bangladeshi My head goes for harsh words but my heart is still with them. I can not leave them,it's my country after all.When you son does bad,you don't throw him out of the house.So ,guyz,please have patience,despite of taking a bit too longer duration. But one point I never understand, why there is a collapse every time ? It is of course a mental sate of mind.Suddenly the bowling seems unplayable and the bat tends to shiver. In my opinion,this is the major improvement we need to do,stop the collapse.built the momentum after a wicket. As far as the patience and determination and implementation,we have 4-5 batsman who can bat at lest for 100 run each. So 400 runs in an average in each innings should be a target for the whole team together .Finally we need a genuine wicket taking bowler. Shakib is an al rounder and so as mahmud. we should have 1 good bowler who can lessen the burden from their shoulder.

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I think Michael Holding was speaking on behalf of ICC to start two-tier test system and it is possibly going to happen. That would be so sad for Bangladesh cricket!

  • shoarthing on June 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    A two-test series that didn't show us much we didn't already know: I hope Ajmal Shazad & Steven Finn are both given extended runs against Pakistan so we can judge if either might be the real deal. Pieterson really needs to take the responsibility of batting at 3; similarly Prior at 6. Bangladesh need to prepare some proper Test-match surfaces at home, otherwise they'll never develop a decent bowling attack, capable of taking twenty wickets.

  • Cricfan27 on June 6, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    "Bangladesh is an ordinary team." Left hand Side = Right Hand Side (Proved)

  • on June 6, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I'm disappointed as well. Their improvement as of late has been refreshing. This display smacks of the old bangladesh. They need to learn to bat as a unit in order to cancel game disadvatages, then push to gain advantages. They have some real talent and potential game winners in the side, though.

  • demon_bowler on June 6, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Utter rubbish, a mockery of test cricket. Bangladesh need to go away and work on their defensive technique. Boycott was right.

  • on June 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    disappointing for bangladesh. as they showed a lot promise. they coulve drawn the first test only if the middle order played their part. same here with the second test. tamim and imrul kayes are constantly giving them dream starts of the innings but they just could not keep it up all the way. if bangladesh want to have any chance of being a competitive team they really need work on consistency.

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  • on June 6, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    disappointing for bangladesh. as they showed a lot promise. they coulve drawn the first test only if the middle order played their part. same here with the second test. tamim and imrul kayes are constantly giving them dream starts of the innings but they just could not keep it up all the way. if bangladesh want to have any chance of being a competitive team they really need work on consistency.

  • demon_bowler on June 6, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Utter rubbish, a mockery of test cricket. Bangladesh need to go away and work on their defensive technique. Boycott was right.

  • on June 6, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    I'm disappointed as well. Their improvement as of late has been refreshing. This display smacks of the old bangladesh. They need to learn to bat as a unit in order to cancel game disadvatages, then push to gain advantages. They have some real talent and potential game winners in the side, though.

  • Cricfan27 on June 6, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    "Bangladesh is an ordinary team." Left hand Side = Right Hand Side (Proved)

  • shoarthing on June 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    A two-test series that didn't show us much we didn't already know: I hope Ajmal Shazad & Steven Finn are both given extended runs against Pakistan so we can judge if either might be the real deal. Pieterson really needs to take the responsibility of batting at 3; similarly Prior at 6. Bangladesh need to prepare some proper Test-match surfaces at home, otherwise they'll never develop a decent bowling attack, capable of taking twenty wickets.

  • Bang_La on June 6, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I think Michael Holding was speaking on behalf of ICC to start two-tier test system and it is possibly going to happen. That would be so sad for Bangladesh cricket!

  • on June 6, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I am very disappointed..As a Bangladeshi My head goes for harsh words but my heart is still with them. I can not leave them,it's my country after all.When you son does bad,you don't throw him out of the house.So ,guyz,please have patience,despite of taking a bit too longer duration. But one point I never understand, why there is a collapse every time ? It is of course a mental sate of mind.Suddenly the bowling seems unplayable and the bat tends to shiver. In my opinion,this is the major improvement we need to do,stop the collapse.built the momentum after a wicket. As far as the patience and determination and implementation,we have 4-5 batsman who can bat at lest for 100 run each. So 400 runs in an average in each innings should be a target for the whole team together .Finally we need a genuine wicket taking bowler. Shakib is an al rounder and so as mahmud. we should have 1 good bowler who can lessen the burden from their shoulder.

  • Umairali10 on June 6, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Well Well Well !!!! , I am personal belief that test status of Bagladesh should have been cancelled long back ..... since it helps other test playing countries to set records easily. As far as tamim is concenred ... i am impessed but Bangladesh as a team have disappointed us so many times. They cant pay 5 days match , its a fact why dont we accept it ....

    Since I know this wont happen so BEST OF LUCK to bangaldesh for their upccoming tours....

  • bdcricfan21 on June 6, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    The BCB really need to get serious about BD's test development. If our cricketers were more seasoned at the domestic level, then these kinds of collapses wouldn't occur. We need more 5-day matches at the domestic level. I understand the conditions were foreign to the BD batsmen, but there are ways to practice playing seam movement with bowling machines. The BCB can spend a few lakh taka for flower decorations ( when ICC pres came to visit), yet we only have 4 bowling machines in the whole country. Very disappointing indeed. Bd have lost every single test, odi and t20 this year. How much more does Ashraful have to fail to get dropped? His inclusion in the team, regardless of performance, really makes me question the selection process of our team. BD fans are soooo desperate for a win, and days like this makes me want to stop caring about BD cricket altogether.

  • Herath-UK on June 6, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    This abysmal performance by BD is really bad for cricket in general;when English cricket has to compete with football & rugby such abject display take the crowd and and public interest away from the game.BD after ten years in the big league has not shown skills and maturity shown by other late entry nations as Pakistan or Sri Lanka and should be at least confined to home test matches only. ICC should act fast and straight otherwise the game will suffer.

    Kent