I admit it – Bangladesh did show some promise today. They reached the heady heights of nearly 300 for 8, a far improved performance than in their previous 3 innings in this series. The pitch had flattened out and, whilst there were still some embarassing shots played, overall they were far more disciplined. I thought Javed Omar looked good – and the much heralded Habibul Bashar looked good square of the wicket and pulling.
However, they were helped by England’s bowling: Australian batsmen, currently (I think) several thousand feet above the skies en-route to England, will not be losing much sleep when they read about it. Hoggard looked very ropey – my favourite adjective of the moment, apologies for its over-use: only when he pitched the ball up did he look penetrative, which twice resulted in him taking a wicket. Harmison bowled brilliantly in the first innings, but today was clearly suffering from an ankle problem. The Aussies reckon Harmison is carrying the England attack and, on today’s showing, it’s hard to disagree.
The whole England team looked pretty hacked off with the whole game – they just didn’t want to be there. I don’t know what England take out of this series – some say a little, most say “not a thing.” And it’s not as thought Bangladesh took anything from it either.