England v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Edgbaston July 11, 2010

Siddons sees chinks in England's armour

Cricinfo staff

Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, is chasing a dream series win over England on Monday after his side's historic victory in the second game at Bristol.

So often a tense onlooker, Siddons was in a bullish mood at Edgbaston ahead of the series decider. Until Saturday's triumph Bangladesh had never beaten England in any form of the game but now stand within one match of a series win that seemed unthinkable after the opening game.

"It would be a bit of a dream for us but it's not impossible," Siddons told PA. "We'll go out on Monday, do what we've been trying to do the last few games - either putting a score on the board or chase down a score - and anything is possible.

The sides have now played each other over four Tests and five ODIs this year - with England winning every game until Saturday - and Siddons feel he's spotted some weaknesses for his side to exploit.

"I've said before there were a few chinks in the armour of this England team and I guess them leaving a few players out of their side weakened them a bit. But some things have been exposed and that will get written about and talked about. But they are still a very good team, so are Australia and now we are getting there."

Having waited all year for a victory Siddons has had a tough job raising spirits in the squad but with one victory now secured he hopes they can turn their fortunes around.

"We've had a lot of losses and a lot of heart-ache along the way but we've won a game now and hopefully we can continue playing some good cricket and put ourselves in a position to win some more games," he said. "The way we built up to this win was important to me, not just the win itself. It wasn't just a flash in the pan, we've been building up to this and we have to keep playing good cricket. The jubilation has already gone I guess and we're getting ready to play another game on Monday."

Meanwhile Paul Collingwood has called for England to regain their intensity to avoid their first series defeat in one-day cricket since losing to Australia 6-1 last summer. England looked lacklustre as they slumped to a five-run defeat on Saturday and Collingwood feels England need to recreate the spirit that delivered victory in the first three ODIs against Australia this month.

"We need to get back to the same intensity as we had at the start of the Australia series," said the allrounder. That's when we were putting the opposition under the most pressure and that's when we played our best cricket.

"It's probably more the mental stuff than the technical and it's something we talked about in the Australia series after going 3-0 up. That was a position we hadn't really been in before against Australia and we really wanted to get a ruthless streak going. Ruthlessness is a skill in itself and it's something we need to keep improving on."

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  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Siddons there were lot of chinks in English Armour....LOL....Bangladeshis got them today....

    One win and people start crowing about as if it is catastrophic event...this should bring them back to ground reality

  • Bang on July 12, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Bangladesh win made Jamie Siddons back from his one step on the plane stairs and talking last words like the external auditor aloof from the team. But you know what Jamie? I want you walk up the stairs and get into that plane now and never come back.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @Av79: I don't think so. Bangladesh didn't told to Ian Bell to be injured and get out of the game. The chink is demonstrated and you come with this loses 2nd ODI. If England come with 3 injured players at the top; they will pay the price that's the chink.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    For Rasha Do you understand cricket?I dont think.Have u seen nayeem's recent scores.

  • Lou on July 12, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Bangladesh will be over-excited and we can expect errors in the field and in the batting. I think over-excitement is their biggest problem. That is the cause of Al-Hasan's crazily poor shots so frequently to get out.

    I hope Siddons can keep them calm and that Tamim can get a big innings. If he does, they are in with a real chance as he hasn't fired yet.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    dont take ashraful and give chance to nayeem or any other to spark and give us another historic win...taking ashraful means playing with 10 players for Bangladesh to me...

  • Avery on July 12, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Yeah - the 'chinks in the armour' are that England are resting their best players, and that one of their top-order players was unable to bat. So perhaps if England's top 3 come down with injuries during the decider, that's a 'chink' that Siddons' side can exploit.


  • Mohammad Wahid on July 12, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    If you want to win you have to believe in yourselves. Packing the team with 8 batsman would never help,this is a defeatist attitude. Look how the team transformed with the inclusion of one extra pacer! On the other hand England played one less bowler and probably paid the price. Stick with this formula,play three pacers,make batsmen feel that it is there duty to score runs!

    What happened to Mahmudullah and Sakib's batting? Mr. Siddons, please try to sort out there problems. All the best, Bangladesh. Win or loss,give a hard time to the poms.

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