England v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bristol July 10, 2010

'They thoroughly deserved their victory' - Strauss


England's one-day renaissance has hit the buffers. Two defeats against Australia with the series wrapped up were forgiveable, but their five-run loss against Bangladesh should come as a real shock to the system. England looked off the pace throughout the match at Bristol and were caught out by a resurgent visiting team that finally found a way to finish off a match.

That England got as close as they did, to the point that Ian Bell limped out with a broken foot at No. 11, was down to Jonathan Trott's determined 94 that almost pulled them over the line. However, the fact that one batsman dominated in the chase is a pattern that has emerged this season for England. Eoin Morgan was the man in the first two wins against Australia, then it was Andrew Strauss at Old Trafford.

Two days ago at Trent Bridge Bell made a stylish 84, but still batsmen gave their wickets away. It is a by-product of the way England now express themselves in one-day cricket that batsmen will make mistakes, but to be successful on the subcontinent at next year's World Cup England can't rely on a handful of batsmen.

"We weren't at the races today, it's as simple as that," Strauss said. "Our bowling was okay but our fielding was poor and our batting, chasing 237, was a particularly poor effort if I'm honest. We've only got ourselves to blame but we also have to give credit to Bangladesh for the way they defended that total. They were able to take wickets throughout the innings and keep the pressure on.

"We've had starts at the top of the order, 20s, 30s but we've not had enough big scores," he added. "Fair play to Belly coming in in the last game and Jonathan Trott in this one coming in and showing the rest of us what we should be doing on a more regular basis. You need two or three of your top six to be doing that regularly if you want to win consistently.

"[Paul] Collingwood and [Eoin] Morgan getting out when they did gave Bangladesh a much better chance of winning the game but it was the constant loss of wickets and a lack of major partnerships that cost us the game."

This isn't a time to panic for England, Andy Flower is not that type of coach and Strauss has been in worse situations as captain, but it is a good time to reassess where the team have reached. Some of the shots from the middle raised questions about the suitability for pressurised roles while the lack of early wickets means England have to keep clawing innings back.

"Getting bowled out for 51 in Jamaica was worse than this but it's not fun to stand up here after losing in this fashion," he said. "All we can do now is go forward and make amends.

"They were going to beat us at some stage and we were just hoping it would be some stage in the future," he added. "They thoroughly deserved their victory but for us it's about going away, licking our wounds and making sure we don't repeat the same mistakes again on Monday."

All of a sudden, that game at Edgbaston has far more riding on it that anyone would have imagined.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • gohar on July 12, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    when zim entered test arena there performance was much better than bangla and bangla defeated the depleted zimbabwe side, there was not even a single player from the team of 1999 world cup in that zim side which was defeated by bangla, zimbab had a great side in 99 worlcup unfortunately there players left, streak, flower brothers, godwin, campbel, they were excellent.

  • Underclass on July 12, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Just compare Bangladesh's start to international cricket with any other team's start(e.g SL) and you'll understand why Bangladesh do not deserve the Test status.

  • Shanmuga on July 12, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    To be fair, I suppose this should have been the second victory for BD over England as they would have won in Mirpur as well if not for couple of terrible decisions saving Morgan pretty early in his innings! I also don't think any opposing captain is taking the BD team lightly in ODIs in the last 5 yrs or so though they'll start as favourites unless they are Zim or a lower ranked team. But if these make some Bangla fans think that they have the number over England or are one of the favourites to win the '11 or '15 WC, then less said the better!

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 6:02 GMT


  • Kunal Kaveesh on July 12, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    hi guys well played Bangladesh on beating the poms it will excites me if a subcontinent team defeats the poms or the kangaroos as these are the most reviled teams . But let me just add a pointer to all those who were giving negative feedback about indians being bullies.Your Test Status is thanks to us so we do love and treat you as equal and for the record current Asian Champs ,Test Champs ,NO 2 in ODI rankings and soon to Be World Cup winners becuz we have what no one else has MSD the greatest captain of all time unlike your musical chairs which is played all the time.You beat us in 2007 fair and square in fact you destroyed us but that loss hardened and since then you havent even come close so i would nt mind giving you a victory if you deserve and play better cricket but respect the cricketing superpower which is India boys

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    @roxap & kumarKVLR-whatever comes in your mind,u can say that.....but truth is truth,it can never be changed by yours or my opinion.the people of world know that,Bangladesh is far better team than ireland and zimbabwe..they showed it every time they played each other.rather i think,if we have much money like India,then we will be far better team than India very soon....

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @roxap and KumarKVLR Do you have any knowledge about cricket! BD has whitewashed Zimbabwe and Ireland several times! BD is going to to be top ODI team in coming days!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    KumarKVLR, I think you didnot know Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe many times while ther were test playing nation . They even won test series out there. What ever it is I think Bangladesh will play very well in next world cup like they did last time (defeated India , South Africa) and I will all the young player they have will be lot mature and might win the world cup in 2015 like Srilanka did before. Give give them a break and I am sure they will do lot better. I think Srilanka is the only professional team that can compete with Australia but India and Pakistan are always overrated. They need to learn from Australia and Srilanka and be more professional.

  • gohar on July 11, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    totally agree with kumarkvlr i wish ireland can get more matches against test playing nations, they have some excellent players, morgan is one example wo left irish side due to lack of oppurtunities, i believ they r a better side than bangla

  • Pramod on July 11, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Bangladesh gets lots of matches against test playing nations. If the same chances are given to Zimbabwe or Ireland, there record would have been Bangladesh's.

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