Let’s not car­ried away by our ODI suc­cesses

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HAV­ING watched with in­ter­est the ODI se­ries be­tween Eng­land and Bangladesh, I would like to of­fer the fol­low­ing reser­va­tions on our suc­cess.

Firstly, Eng­land won all three tosses. De­spite this, Bangladesh were vic­to­ri­ous in the sec­ond game and only snatched de­feat from the jaws of vic­tory in the first match.

Sec­ondly, we were very eas­ily beaten in that sec­ond match. Just be­cause we won the se­ries over­all, this should not be over­looked.

Fi­nally, we were sub­stan­tially as­sisted in the third ODI by bowl­ing first on a turn­ing wicket. This be­came ‘straight on’ in the evening dew when we bat­ted, hence mak­ing it eas­ier to face.

I am as de­lighted as any­one by our suc­cess in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions but let’s tem­per our ex­pec­ta­tions with the In­dian one-day se­ries still to come.

That will be very tricky and Eng­land will need to be at their best – some­thing they weren’t through­out this re­cent se­ries.

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