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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Bashar looks ahead to one-dayers
Habibul Bashar
Despite the Test drubbings, Bashar is looking forward to the one-dayers

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar knows his side were outplayed by England in the Tests, but he is still looking forward to the upcoming NatWest series.

"We didn't play well throughout, but we came back in the last innings," Bashar said after the defeat in Durham.

"We were not up to the mark, but the bowlers bowled well.

"The one-day series is coming and hopefully we will take this form into that. It is a different ball game, but we need to work really hard."

Bashar can take comfort from the fact that Bangladesh's second-innings 316 at the Riverside was their best score against England and their eighth-highest since becoming a Test nation in 2000.

The minnows just managed to stretch the match into a third day to follow the similar pattern of their debut Test at Lord's, even though this time Sunday's play lasted just 16 minutes.

It is not going to get any easier with Bangladesh facing world champions Australia as well as England in the forthcoming NatWest Series, which starts on 16 June.

Before the series opener against England at the Oval, Bangladesh face Derbyshire on Friday and Glamorgan on 13 June.

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