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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May, 2005, 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK
Picking up the pieces from Lord's
Dav Whatmore
By Dav Whatmore
Bangladesh coach

Steve Harmison
Bangladesh batsmen too often played the wrong line at Lord's

We're not getting too emotional after the heavy defeat at Lord's.

When the time is right, I have been known to really give it to the players.

My stomach tells me when the time is right to do that and this is not the time.

I'm at the right distance from these boys.

I can be all different types of person to them, but right now I have to encourage them rather than yelling at them.

You might think things couldn't get any worse, but we fully expect the Durham Test to be harder.

England's confidence is even further elevated while we have to pick up the pieces.

If they prepare a wicket that's a bit sporty it's going to be extremely difficult, particularly if we lose the toss and have to bat first - most people fancy their chances against Bangladesh.

We're looking to show a lot more fight, but we're not going to expect any favours - England are going to come at us again.

Andrew Flintoff impressed in his first Test after surgery
I knew Freddie at Lancashire - he's a terrific kid and a great competitor

I'm very impressed with the home attack. They've got a group of guys that will just go at it all the time with a lot of spirit.

Andrew Flintoff had a dream start.

I knew him at Lancashire, and he's a terrific kid and a great competitor.

You never know what you are going to get with Steve Harmison. He can look like a world-beater but when he is off the radar the body language isn't too great.

Marcus Trescothick batted beautifully and I think Ian Bell is going to have a long career. He is a nice, organised, orthodox player.

But I have my own players to think about first and foremost.

We're trying very hard to focus purely in the areas that we messed up in, mainly in the batting.

In our meetings we cover everything, from knowing what the bowlers are trying to do with the ball and how we're going to combat it with our technique.

Khaled Mashud
Mashud showed some late fight with a defiant 44 from 84 balls

We talk about occupation of the crease, trying to understand the different conditions, the bounce and swing of the ball.

It is very different from what we're used to, but all the things the experts on television and radio talk about, we talk about.

I have to say I was disappointed with some of our bowling but, from a psychological point of view when you go out to bowl and you've got 108 to protect, it is very difficult.

It takes a real super-human effort to say 'we're going to make some inroads here' and then you're confronted with one of the best opening partnerships in the world.

I'm not saying the umpires did badly at all but it often follows that the 50-50 decisions are not going your way because there is a sense of belief that one side is finding it difficult to know they can get a wicket.

There were positives. Mashrafe Mortaza showed he can create some chances and was unlucky not to get another one or two wickets.

Khaled Mashud showed his fighting spirit. He's done that in the past but in these conditions it was good to see him resist so stoutly.

In the first innings Mushfiqur Rahim, as young as he is at 16, showed us a glimpse of what we're going to see in the future.

On a few occasions we were able to bowl pretty tight, but otherwise there were only negatives to take out of the first Test.








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