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The Bulletin by Jenny Thompson
June 4, 2005
England wrapped up the second Test and series early on the third day, Matthew Hoggard taking the last two wickets to end with 5 for 73. It was another convincing win by a buoyant England side - their tenth in a row at home - who showed no mercy in either match. Bangladesh, who lost by an innings and 27 runs, have been totally outplayed, but they will take some consolation from their second innings effort in this match, with the 19-year-old Aftab Ahmed unbeaten on 82.
After Michael Vaughan's lunch-time declaration on the second day few expected that, come Sunday, England and Bangladesh would still be engaged in a contest. But Ahmed's innings brought both teams back to Chester-le-Street, where he posted the highest score by a Bangladesh batsman against England, with Javed Omar's 71 and Habibul Bashar's 63 in the same innings the next best. Ahmed played with confidence again this morning, as Bangladesh edged past the 300-mark for only the ninth time in their short Test history. But he ran out of partners as Hoggard ran through the lower order to finish the game after just 17 minutes' play.
It wasn't Hoggard's best bowling overall, but two cracking awayswingers found the edge of Tapash Baisya - who had fought hard in a ninth-wicket stand of 60 with Ahmed - and then Mashrafe Mortaza. "I'm not quite in rhythm," Hoggard admitted on Sky Sports afterwards, "but it's nice to come out with a five-for. It's nice to bowl badly and still take wickets." And, as he collected the Man of the Match award, he promised to work hard on his no-balling in time for the Ashes.
This has been a good allround performance for England, with Ian Bell in particular impressing throughout his maiden Test century and Steve Harmison bowling well. Bell has filled the No 4 spot well, while Vaughan batting at No 3 has paid off. Andrew Flintoff and Geraint Jones did not bat throughout the series, but Duncan Fletcher said that, with the Ashes firmly in mind, he did not want to disturb the batting order. England were rarely troubled throughout this series, but they know stiffer tests lie ahead.
How they were out
Tapash Baisya c G Jones b Hoggard 18 (311 for 9)
Nibbled at awayswinger
Mashrafe Mortaza c Trescothick b Hoggard 0 (316)
Thick edge juggled at first slip
Why the Indian opener would be well advised to shelve the hook and pull in Australia