Let’s not carried away by our ODI successes
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.