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Bangladesh to approach England match aggressively


banglasdeshBangladesh on Monday made their intentions clear for the do-or-die super Eight game against England here at the picturesque Kensington Oval today (Wednesday) with coach Dave Whatmore carrying out a training session in which his batsmen tried their hand at hitting sixes.

The Tigers, as Whatmore’s boys are known, have had an amazing run in the world Cup with shock wins over India and South Africa and are now looking forward to conquering inconsistent England in a match both sides have to win to stay alive in the race for the semifinals.

The Bangladeshis are planning to unleash the sort of aggression against England that got them the scalps of India and South Africa.

They used the best part of Monday’s nets carrying out a unique training session in which the players tried their hand at six-hitting as their coach used the last half of the session at the Windward Cricket Club to flex some muscle.

“We would go out there and give everything we have to win the game (against England),” Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said.

Bashar said that attacking cricket has helped his team in the contest and Bangladesh would play aggressively against England.

He hoped that the new wicket at Kensington Oval would suit his spinners. “If there is turn that would suit us quite fine and we would unleash our three spinners. Our slow bowlers have been doing a great job, but our fast bowlers are not that bad either,” he said.

Bashar said that the final line-up would only be decided just before the match after having one final look at the pitch. “It is a very, very important game for us and we have to be really watchful,” he said.

Bangladesh go into the game after a surprise triumph over South Africa while England are yet to fire in the Super Eight stage.

Bashar said that his boys were upbeat after the win over South Africa and are now looking to record a third upset victory.

“Before we came to the World Cup, our aim was to qualify for the Super Eights and we did well and made it to the Super Eights. By winning against India and South Africa we have proved we can beat the top teams,” he said.

Bashar made it clear that his young team will not settle for anything less than a top-four finish in the World Cup.

“Reaching the semifinals is our goal now but we know it won’t be easy. The next game will be very important. If we can win the next game then we can look forward to the semifinals,” he added.

Teams: Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Ashraful, Saqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper) Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Rajin Saleh, Shahadat Hossain.

England (from): Michael Vaughan (captain), Ian Bell, Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara, Paul Nixon (wicket-keeper), Sajid Mahmood, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Ed Joyce, Liam Plunkett, Jamie Dalrymple, Stuart Broad. Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS), Steve Bucknor (WI).

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