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Jonathan Agnew column

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

The first Test at Lord's between England and Bangladesh was a good game of cricket, only ending at tea on the final day.

People will look back in years to come and say it was a resounding win for England, which technically it was as they won by eight wickets, but England have lots to think about.

Apart from Steve Finn the rest of the bowling attack was below par.

You can take Graeme Swann out of the equation because the pitch did nothing for him but James Anderson and Tim Bresnan had disappointing games.

Either the selectors will hope Anderson gets his rhythm back - and there were signs of it in this match - or consider a change to five bowlers.

I don't consider Bresnan a Test opening bowler. I think he was flattered to be given the new ball in both innings.

I don't see him having enough in a four-man attack, to me he is a second change seamer.

England will manage Finn carefully but with great optimism.

He has such a good action, a very good temperament and seems a calm thinking, intelligent, feet on the ground sort of a lad.

I think he's very promising, he'll cope with the pressure and hardly bowls a bad ball. I think the only time he got cut in the match led to a wicket with a catch at point! But for a 21-year-old he showed tremendous accuracy.

England celebrate another Steve Finn wicket
Finn caused Bangladesh problems on his home debut

I thought he bowled a fraction too full which is an unusual criticism, but I'd like to see him drop his length just a little bit to make use of his height and bounce.

At 6ft 7ins, he's almost as tall as Joel Garner! Joel was not out and out fast but could use the conditions magnificently.

Some are nervous but Finn was calm, unruffled and phlegmatic and he looked like he belonged. I think he'll go a long way.

I wouldn't be worried about Swann though. The batsmen got after him and he conceded some runs so couldn't settle, which puts pressure on the other bowlers.

It was a good tactic by Bangladesh, but there was nothing in this pitch for Swann and I'm sure he will come back well in the second Test at Old Trafford, which starts on Friday.

I like the look of Eoin Morgan. His dismissal was a typical left-hander's one to a ball down the hill at Lord's on off-stump but he's busy, played his natural game, he can adapt to situations read them and respond and that's why he was picked.

I don't see any reason why he shouldn't play in the Ashes, I think he's got a very good chance. I was talking about him playing in Tests at the end of the Twenty20 because I can see what the selectors would like in him.

Jonathan Trott batted very well for his double century but this scratching around at the crease is worrying.

I can't see him being allowed to carry on like that. It's a very unusual sort of phobia and he seems to be in his own little world.

He's going to be involved in as many run outs as Geoffrey Boycott! Unless he stops this very strange almost obsession, teams will learn how to distract him.

I would love to know what goes on in his mind but the coaches and psycho-analysts have got to help him sort it out because he can become an even better player and even more difficult to get out.

I think Shane Warne would have destroyed him with his sledging and driven him to distraction.

Bangladesh were much better than a lot of people thought they were going to be.

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Their fightback was somewhat unusual but it was great.

Tamim Iqbal's shot selection was a bit curious at times, not many opening batsmen following on go out and score a hundred off 100 balls.

If he wants a long career, especially away from Bangladesh, he's going to have to tighten up a bit.

Hard hitting left-handed openers have been very successful, players like Chris Gayle, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist.

They are very difficult to bowl at, they hit the ball all over the place and it's very difficult to set fields to them.

Tamim has all the talent and there is no need to play the silly shots. He feeds on width to hit over cover, point or the slips and so he doesn't need to go swiping at a straight ball.

Bangladesh's bowling was not up to county standard at times though. They have defensive fields with men spread all over the place, even when a new batsman comes in, because they can't bowl the ball in the right places for long enough.

Until they unearth some quality strike bowlers they will struggle. Shahadat Hossain was willing and tall and bowled with some aggression, but he can't do it on his own.

Pretty little spinners are all very well but they are pretty ineffective away from Bangladesh.

Meanwhile it was a lovely idea to let spectators onto the outfield during the lunch interval. I saw people kissing the turf.

I hope they do it more often. I know it will be impossible to have 29,000 wandering about but I hope people that came today go away with great memories of a great cricket ground and will come back.

The Marylebone Cricket Club is not full of the crusty old fuddy duddies that some people think, it's a great club with a wonderful ground and chief executive Keith Bradshaw deserves huge credit.


Jonathan Agnew was talking to Jamie Lillywhite



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