England Lions v Bangladesh A, 1st unofficial ODI, Bristol August 20, 2013

Wright blows Bangladesh away


England Lions 353 for 4 (Wright 143*, Ballance 115) beat Bangladesh A 151 (Carberry 2-2, Wright 2-5) by 202 runs

Luke Wright staked his case for a return to England's one-day plans with a dominating hundred in the Lions' crushing, 202-run defeat of Bangladesh A at Bristol. Wright hammered an unbeaten 143 from just 68 balls as the Lions piled up 353 for 4 from 50 overs and then took two wickets in his only over as the tourists were dismissed for 151.

Gary Ballance, who made a century in a two-day match against Australia last week, scored 115 to further enhance a reputation that has swelled this season but it was Wright, captaining the Lions in this series, who stole the show with an aggressive display that included 11 fours and ten sixes.

The pacing of Wright's innings was Twenty20-esque, as his strike rate bounced higher every over. He reached 50 off 26 balls, and needed just another 25 to complete his seventh List A hundred.

Wright hit Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain and Mominul Haque for three sixes each. Monimul was smashed for 24 in his only over, as Wright hit him for three consecutive sixes, although handing a part-timer the 46th over against a rampant Wright was a dubious decision. He was severe on the other bowlers, too, and his acceleration jump-started the Lions' innings, which hovered below five runs an over until the 37th over.

With Ballance, Wright crunched 176 in the last 13 overs, his in-form batting partner providing him with just the support needed for such an innings. Their fourth-wicket partnership brought 225 runs in just over 20 overs, making sure the Lions crossed the 350-run mark. Ballance, the Yorkshire batsman pressing for a senior call-up was hardly noticed in Wright's mayhem but his 115 came off 89 balls, with four sixes and ten boundaries.

Bangladesh A could have been expected to step up in this contest against England's second-string side but they remained ordinary with the ball for a third successive game. While it would be hard to look past Wright's innings, the bowling attack comprised of only one uncapped pace bowler, Al-Amin Hossain, who took 2 for 69 - Elias Sunny and Naeem Islam took one each.

Their batsmen, too, batted like the Bangladesh of old, ie. trying to bat out the 50 overs rather than batting to the tune of the target. The chase was massive, and it was doubly hard against the likes of Boyd Rankin, Northamptonshire's Friends Life Twenty20 hero David Willey, and a tight spell from Danny Briggs, who took 2 for 37 in 10 overs.

Captain Jahurul Islam laboured to 36 off 80 balls, an example of the visitors' fast declining confidence after their five consecutive losses in the tour matches since the first week of August. Briggs, Wright and Michael Carberry picked up two wickets each, the last two having just bowled one over apiece at the death. There was one wicket each for the four seamers at the top.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Guys have a look: 1st unofficial ODI: Bangladesh A v England Lions at Chittagong - Jan 8, 2012 England Lions 139 (39/50 ov); Bangladesh A 141/4 (33/50 ov) Bangladesh A won by 6 wickets (with 102 balls remaining) 3rd unofficial ODI: Bangladesh A v England Lions at Chittagong - Jan 13, 2012 Bangladesh A 218/9 (50/50 ov); England Lions 143 (34.4/50 ov) Bangladesh A won by 75 runs 4th unofficial ODI: Bangladesh A v England Lions at Sylhet - Jan 16, 2012 England Lions 208 (49.4/50 ov); Bangladesh A 211/4 (45.2/50 ov) Bangladesh A won by 6 wickets (with 28 balls remaining) 2nd unofficial T20I: Bangladesh A v England Lions at Dhaka - Jan 23, 2012 Bangladesh A 166/6 (20/20 ov); England Lions 155/7 (20/20 ov) Bangladesh A won by 11 runs

    BD A won the series

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Guys,don't forget that BD A beat Eng Lions in previous series,even they won the series. Plz don't mention that this is valueless series.It's true,BD A played very badly in this series but they are always competitive with Eng lions.Check the record !!!

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    what is the point of a Lions vs Bangladesh A series at this time of season? players are missing important county matches to play against a team that would struggle against a club side, maybe that is the sort of opposition Bangladesh A should be playing on this tour? club sides or school/university teams

  • David on August 21, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST @ANON Do you think Peter Moores (current ECB Selector) had anything to do with this?? I'd be asking questions, seems very unfair.

  • Mark on August 21, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Pretty brutal stuff. It doesn't matter who the opposition is, you still have to perform, Fine innings by Luke Wright. However, I share the concern that some people have that Bangladesh A v the Lions was always likely to be a catchweight contest because of the overall weakness of Bangladeshi cricket. However, unless the emerging Bangladesh players get regular games like this they will never improve: there is no point in picking sides down to them; show them the level that they have to reach instead.

  • kishore on August 21, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Bangladesh A....very weak team as bangla international...they couldn't beat Hampshire B, Nottinghamshire B, Worcestershire B...how can they beat Eng lions..funny..and waste of time to the author of this session and the scorrer...complete waste of time

  • John on August 21, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    A good performance by the Lions, though it has to be said that Bangladesh hasn't made the progress that might have been hoped by now.

    I'm not sure how much longer England can ignore the runs that Gary Ballance is piling up. This was his third successive hundred and he has 4 hundreds, a 50 and a 45 in his last 6 innings. BTW, Cricinfo, isn't it time to shift Ballance from Zimbabwe to England? He has qualified for England, is playing for the Lions and has made it clear that England is his team of choice.

    Luke Wright is enjoying a very useful season and this was the latest in a line of good performances. He'd be a fine addition to the ODI squad.

  • Ohhhh on August 20, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Gary Ballance can not be ignored any more! This guy is just supreme! The best talent English cricket has produced since KP himself!

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous that the ECB picked THREE Hants players for this pointless exercise - so pointless that even Michael Carberry took 2 wickets bowling against weak opposition. Normally the selectors ignore Hants players - now they select three main players to contest a pointless friendly ! Hampshire were playing Lances in an important YB40 match and duly lost although only by 5 runs. Can you imagine this situation happening with football ? England are playing Andorra in a friendly and need to take 3 players from Man Utds Champions league squad - I don't think so. Total lack of consideration by the selectors to do this to one county that are still heavily involved in a cup competition - Bangladesh A were beaten by every county they played prior to this so they were known to be poor. A season's efforts put in jeopardy because of a pointless exercise.

  • o on August 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    This tour is completely pointless kind of thing Dravid is talkin about complete waste of time and mismatch it's also taken key county players out of important televised county cb40 games so it really is lose lose for everyone.

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