|Sher-E-Bangla...scene of a famous win for the Tigers|
Sunday, 30 October 2016
So we came, we saw but we didn't conquer. On a day that the clocks went back, the English batting went back to Dhaka times as we lost ten wickets after tea on the third day. On the eve of Hallowe'en, this was a horror show, especially if your surname is Ballance or Dharmasena. Take nothing away from Bangladesh - they thoroughly deserved it and could easily have taken the series 2-0. This was a fascinating game to follow on from Chittagong. England might have toured Bangladesh and made friends for doing so but in this Test match, we didn't really turn up. This was a ghoulish performance, this was one for the road, no foreplay; just a quickie. This was a three day Test.
Monday, 24 October 2016
What a thriller this turned out to be. The First Test of this mini series in Bangladesh twisted and turned like the UKIP membership on their leaders, and yet this match kept us on the edge of our seats. Never mind that this was only Bangladesh (although they are hugely improved), never mind that our selectors picked a 39 year old spinner, never mind that Cook didn't have the confidence to use his spinners when it was crunch time, all is forgiven after England squeaked home by 22 runs at 4.30am. Like Lenny Henry in years gone by, we were thrilled to be up at the crack of dawn. This was a classic...