Bangladesh Tour Bloods Players For Future

England's tour to Bangladesh must go down as an unqualified success. England won every game and they were only half troubled in one of the one-day games and you can’t ask for much more than that.

Neil Fairbrother

England's tour to Bangladesh must go down as an unqualified success. England won every game and they were only half troubled in one of the one-day games and you can’t ask for much more than that. Alastair Cook also comes away from the tour having had his first experience of captaincy at that level, although it hasn’t really come under scrutiny because there was no real pressure on him. He has, however, scored two hundreds as captain and performing when you are leading the side is always a good sign.

The other thing the selectors will be pleased about is that we have managed to blood some new players, which automatically expands the pool they can choose from. If we go back to the one-day series the first new name that springs to mind is Craig Kieswetter, who is starting to fulfil the talent everyone at ISM believes him to have. He had a good time with the Performance Squad in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and they rushed him in as soon as he was qualified to play for England in Bangladesh. He played in all three one-day internationals, opening the batting playing just as a batsman and scored a century in the third match. That was a great effort considering all the hype that had quickly built around him. He had probably gone too hard, too quickly in the first two matches and by the third game, he was a little more diligent at the start and gave himself an opportunity to get in and express himself.

Another member of the ISM stable, Yorkshire all-rounder Ajmal Shahzad, also made his debut during the one-day series and acquitted himself very well and looked the part in his first winter of full international cricket. He will be coming home full of enthusiasm and confidence and I’m sure Yorkshire will reap the rewards of that at the start of the season. James Tredwell was also given his first opportunity and, as a spinner, he probably could not have asked for a better place to start your international career. The opposition batsmen are probably are not as frightening as some Asian countries and also the wickets are slow and turn a bit and were really what a spinner would want to bowl on. He had the best of the conditions and also did well.

The biggest success of the newer players in the squad was probably Tim Bresnan, both in the one-dayers and the Test matches. He bowled with a lot more control than I’ve seen him before and during the last Test he acquitted himself superbly with the bat and just missed out on his maiden Test match hundred and got England into a position where they could really take control of the game. Middlesex’s Steven Finn also made his debut on the tour and looked like he could be one for the future.

The other person I must mention with regard to the one-day series is Eoin Morgan, who scored a breathtaking century in the second game when it looked like England were heading for a humiliating defeat. He hit some remarkable shots, never lost patience or focus, and got his team home from a very difficult position – I thought it was one of the best knocks of the winter.

All in all, I think it has been a successful tour for England and some of the players on the trip will have learnt a lot from their experience. There will be a few players now who will be anxiously waiting to discover whether they have been included in the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in West Indies and it will be fascinating to discover who the selectors will pick.


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