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July 7, 2010
Match factsJuly 8, 2010, Trent Bridge
England's impressive one-day form was knocked back by the pace of Shaun Tait last week, but it shouldn't be forgotten that they still won the series 3-2. Now they move onto a contest that should be less demanding, for the batsmen at least, as Bangladesh return for three ODIs having made a quick dash to Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup following the Test series here.
The hosts will see this as a chance to put in three dominant performances, but in the shorter formats Bangladesh pose much more of a threat. That will be especially true if Tamim Iqbal manages to reproduce his form from the Tests, where he struck memorable hundreds at Lord's and Old Trafford, and provide a backbone to the team's batting. If support can come from Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique and Shakib Al Hasan England's bowlers won't have it all their own way.
Shakib, meanwhile, has handed the captaincy to Mashrafe Mortaza citing the workload of managing all his roles but while Mortaza's return boosts the seam bowling it is Bangladesh's spinners, led by Shakib, who will be their main weapon with the ball.
For England, there are still plenty of questions to answer. Luke Wright faded badly against Australia, while Tim Bresnan claimed 1 for 236 although played some important innings. Craig Kieswetter also needs runs yet if he succeeds in this series it will come with the inevitable response of "it's only against Bangladesh".
England have again used their rotation policy by resting Graeme Swann and would have done the same with Kevin Pietersen if he hadn't picked up his thigh injury. It isn't a sign of them taking the challenge lightly and even without two main players anything other than a cleansweep will raise significant concerns.
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Ian Bell has been working hard to earn another chance in one-day cricket with attempts to shed the image of being purely an attractive timer of the ball. He now believes he can hit the ball harder and further and his domestic one-day results, plus strong form for England Lions, suggest the changes have worked. He comes into the series on the back of 158 off 143 balls for the Lions against India A and after carrying drinks against Australia should get his chance at No. 3.
There is really only one man to talk about for Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal is now the team's superstar after his success in the Test series and England's bowlers will be well aware of the carnage he can inflict. In the Tests there was almost an element of them waiting for a mistake, but they can't afford to do that in the one-dayers because 30 overs of Tamim could leave too much ground to make up. He will have to cope with the pressure of expectation, but the way he plays his cricket suggests that nothing much fazes him.
There will be at least two changes for England with Pietersen and Swann absent, so Bell is likely to bat at No. 3 and James Tredwell will slot in if Andrew Strauss wants to persist with two spinners. Otherwise Ajmal Shahzad could get a chance to add to his two ODI caps.
England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Ian Bell, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Michael Yardy, 7 Luke Wright, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, said the top order that faced Middlesex is his preferred line-up for the one-dayers so that means no place for Raqibul Hasan. Mortaza and Shaiful Islam will have the new-ball responsibilities and then it will be down to the assortment of spinners.
Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Jahurul Islam, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Faisal Hossain, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Shafiul Islam
Pitch and conditions
The heatwave of recent weeks has abated somewhat and there is the threat of a few showers flirting with Trent Bridge. If the skies are cloudy it could provide some swing, but midsummer in England is a time for batsmen to make hay. The floodlights are excellent in Nottingham and there isn't much dew at this time of year.
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