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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 November, 2003, 10:51 GMT
England cruise to victory
One-day warm-up match, Dhaka
England beat Bangladesh development XI by 167 runs

Vikram Solanki hits out for England

England beat a Bangladesh development XI by 167 runs in their only warm-up match before the one-day series.

Vikram Solanki hit 79 form only 63 balls in a 146-run opening stand with uncapped Middlesex captain Andrew Strauss (51).

And slow bowler Ashley Giles bounced back from some poor form in the Test series to take 3-25.

England's first one-day international of three against Bangladesh is in Chittagong on Friday.

Andrew Flintoff, leading an England team for the first time with both Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick resting, had a good game with bat and ball.

He hit a quickfire 43 - including two sixes and five fours - and took 2-16 in six overs.

Ian Blackwell carved 62 off just 43 balls but his bowling was not as successful as his six overs cost 34.

Fast bowler James Anderson shows off his latest haircut
Fast bowler James Anderson shows off his latest haircut

England's top order batting was fine but coach Duncan Fletcher would not have been impressed by the loss of the last six wickets for 68 runs.

Mohammad Ashraful, dropped for the recent Test series between the two sides, returned figures of 3-55.

He removed Flintoff as well as claiming Anthony McGrath and keeper Chris Read for low scores.

Ashraful was the first batsman to fall in the home side's reply, caught by McGrath off James Kirtley for six.

Flintoff then had Humayun Kabir caught behind for 22, initiating a collapse that saw three wickets fall for 14 runs.

Bangladesh continued to collapse, reaching 68-6 as Giles struck form, before a late recovery.

Mazharul Haque hit 41 before being bowled by James Anderson and Monjural Islam Rana top-scored with 47 down at number eight.

He enjoyed plenty of joy against Blackwell before Paul Collingwood ended his fun.

BCB Development Squad: Ehsanul Haque (capt), Dhiman Gosh (wkt), Mohammad Ashraful, Humayun Kabir, Mazharul Haque, Monjural Islam Rana, Ali Arman, Nazmul Hossain, Ashiqur Rahman, Nasiruddin Faruque, Talha Jubair.

England: A Flintoff (capt), C M W Read (wkt), V S Solanki, A J Strauss, P D Collingwood, A McGrath, I D Blackwell, G J Batty, A F Giles, J M Anderson, R J Kirtley.

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BBC Sport's Simon Mann
"Even as a warm-up game this wasn't even half-baked"

Stand-in England captain Andrew Flintoff
"It was a good work-out"

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