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Jonathan Agnew column

Eoin Morgan
Morgan's dismissal will give ammunition to his critics

Jonathan Agnew
By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent, Lord's

Friday was very clearly Bangladesh's day. They were pretty poor in the field on Thursday but were much better today and we must give them credit for that.

Overall it was a very disappointing day for England. I thought they set the tone this morning with a rather disappointing display.

They came out with the idea of trying to push on with the bat, be ruthless and dominate the game but did not do so effectively at all. There were some very loose shots played.

They then struggled with the ball; they bowled too short, particularly James Anderson, and did not look very threatening at all.

As regards the batting, Eoin Morgan's dismissal is bound to get people talking.

England need a fast bowler and while Steven Finn is not express he's got something there

Jonathan Agnew

Although it was a typically left-hander's dismissal, there will be people for whom it backs up their assertion that he has a technique for Twenty20 but not Test cricket. His foot was not quite in the right place and he pushed at it rather hard.

I liked the way he batted yesterday. He was busy and looked the part, so it was disappointing that he got out like that, especially for him as I am sure if it had to happen he would have liked to get out any other way rather than a nibble outside off stump to an innocuous ball.

Matt Prior's innings was a very strange, flirty effort which was ended by a run-out involving Trott.

Whilst you cannot criticise somebody who gets 226, Trott was not as commanding and fluent as he was on day one.

He was very much again in this little world he lives in when he bats and he is the sort of person who will be involved in run-outs.

He needs to liberate himself and be more alert because he does exist in his own zone, which is good in terms of concentration but you need to look after your partner.

Steven Finn
Finn impressed with his accuracy and pace

What we have learned about Trott is that he is capable of scoring big runs but there remains that question mark about his character and the person who exists at the crease when he is batting.

I like the look of Steven Finn in the bowling attack. He is a tall man, he has got some pace - around 86mph - and he is very accurate. It was a decent ball that got rid of Kayes the opener: short and hostile.

I remove him from any criticism of bowling too short as I actually think he bowled a bit too full, which is a very unusual criticism.

His mentor is Angus Fraser, who did not have that sort of pace and was not quite as tall, but yet Finn was bowling at a Fraser length.

When he did drop his length - and only by a foot or two - the ball was landing more in no man's land and with his height he looked dangerous and the Bangladeshis didn't like it very much.

He looked much better from the Pavilion End, where he normally bowls for Middlesex. It is a real challenge bowling here at Lord's, particularly for him if he bowls from the Nursery End. It would have felt strange with the slope going in the other direction.

But England need a fast bowler and while he is not express he has got something there.

James Anderson was rather disappointing. He has not bowled for England since January so he was perhaps a bit anxious, maybe a bit over-awed and keen to make an impression.


Anderson is much more dangerous when he swings the ball into a left-hander but instead he looked to be pushing the ball across the two left-handed openers and I thought that was a mistake. This is a criticism I have held for Anderson for some time.

Tim Bresnan has improved an awful lot from the end of last summer and the tour of Bangladesh did him a lot of good. He is more confident, he played well in the World Twenty20 and has put a bit of pace on and looks fitter.

He is an improving cricketer and his batting is good, but because his bowling does not offer much apart from good old honest line-and-length and the occasional bouncer, in conditions that do not help him he is always going to lack that little bit of danger.

There was no swing there for him to exploit and he did not seem to have very much else. I wonder whether it might be nice to see a bit of Ajmal Shahzad when they go up to Old Trafford for the second Test.

But, as I opened by saying, this was Bangladesh's day. They knuckled down and that is all we want from them.

They must not be pushovers anymore in Test cricket and on the basis of what we've seen here they won't be.

Jonathan Agnew was speaking to BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes

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see also
Bangladesh make England struggle
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Bresnan targets all-rounder role
25 May 10 |  England
Live cricket on the BBC
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Bangladesh in England 2010
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