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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Vaughan happy with Ashes warm-up
Michael Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher
England are celebrating their fifth series win in a row

England captain Michael Vaughan insisted the series against Bangladesh provided his team with good preparation ahead of the Ashes later in the summer.

Both Tests were won in three days by an innings and Vaughan said: "I thought we played some good cricket in the series.

"The batsmen got some big scores and the bowlers, particularly in the first innings in this game, were special.

"Bangladesh put up some good resistance but over two Test matches I thought we got quite a lot out of it."

Matthew Hoggard, who captured the final two wickets on the third morning in Durham and finished with 5-73, admitted he still had work to do ahead of the big challenge against Australia, who arrived in England on Sunday.

The Yorkshire paceman sent down eight no-balls in the second innings and conceded that he was not happy with his run-up.

"I'm not quite in rhythm but it's nice to come out with a five-for," he said.

"It's nice to bowl badly and get wickets, it makes up for all the bad times when you're bowling well and you don't take wickets so I'll take them any which way they come."

Hoggard went through the first innings without a no-ball so was perplexed by the frequency of them when Bangladesh batted again.

"I'm bowling far too many and not getting to the crease like I want to so I'll be going back and putting plenty of hard work in behind the lines and hopefully we'll stop the no-ball crisis," he said.

Michael Vaughan
Vaughan's team have now won 10 home Test matches in a row

England's Man-of-the-series Marcus Trescothick admitted that his century at Lord's had been a great moment.

"I've never got one there before so it was nice to get onto the honours board, but it's been a good couple of weeks for me," said the powerful left-hander, who made 345 runs at an average of 172.

"I've concentrated hard, I've been working on my game and it's gone well.

"We played on some good pitches which have been easier than at Somerset, but we've got an important one-day series now and I have to continue to work hard."

Coach Duncan Fletcher agreed that the series had been a worthwhile exercise for England.

"It was good to get into Test match mode which brings something out and means something to players," he said.

"Hopefully we can improve on certain areas but the batters got in. Flintoff and Jones didn't get a knock but you can't mess around with the game."

Every game is important playing for England - that's why we don't mess around with the side
Duncan Fletcher

Fletcher was delighted that Andrew Flintoff was able to return to the side for the series after his ankle surgery earlier in the year.

"We wanted him ready for the Aussies and anything in front of that is a bonus," he said. "Credit should go to the medical staff."

He was also full of praise for Ian Bell, who recorded a superb maiden Test century.

"He looked very comfortable," Fletcher enthused.

"He was under a lot of pressure, a different type of pressure to the rest of the summer, I appreciate that, but the scoring rate was high and the way he handled the situation was good to see."

Fletcher believes the team can gain further incentives for the Ashes campaign in the forthcoming triangular one-day series featuring Bangladesh and Australia.

"If it's a one-day game or a Test match, every game is important playing for England, that's why we don't mess around with the side."

Interview: England captain Michael Vaughan

Interview: England batsman Ian Bell

Interview: Man-of-the-match Matthew Hoggard

Interview: England's Graham Thorpe


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