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Adam Ball

After a frustrating start to their tour of Bangladesh, captain Adam Ball hopes England Under-19s have turned a corner

Adam Ball insists England Under-19s will need to bully Bangladesh if they want to level the one-day series in Sylhet tomorrow.

Trailing 2-0 in the seven-game series, England fought back and won the third ODI in Chittagong where Ben Foakes' magnificent 111 propelled the tourists to a seven-wicket victory.

Ball says England will need to match that commanding performance when they resume battle in north-east Bangladesh this weekend.

"We've taken a lot of confidence from that win," Ball told ecb.co.uk.

"We know we can beat these boys in their own conditions. We've given ourselves a chance to win the series.

"We need to dictate the game to them. When they are on top of you they are buzzing but when you dictate play you see dropped catches and overthrows."

The Kent all-rounder was quick to praise centurion Foakes, whose innings provided the blueprint for what England's batting line-up need to do for the remaining four games.

"He played a really classy innings," said Ball. "He started off against the spinners but paced it well and accelerated as he went on. He played some really good shots and got us into a winning position.

"In the first two games we could have won both but could not develop winning positions. This time someone batted all the way through and scored a hundred. We said we wanted one of the top four to do that and Foakesy did."

Ball took a lot of personal satisfaction from the victory, having struck an unbeaten 24 to go with 4-44 with the ball earlier in the day.

Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes hit a wonderful century as England Under-19s gave themselves a chance of winning the one-day series

"I did not get off to the best of starts out here with bat or ball," he said. "I feel like I have played pretty well in the last two games and it was great to see the team over the line."

The young skipper admitted that his charges have learnt a great deal in the fortnight since arriving in Bangladesh.

Spun out for a meagre 85 in their only warm-up game which was concluded before lunch, England looked to be staring embarrassment in the face when they slipped two down in the series.

However, the squad regrouped and through some hard work have given themselves a lifeline which Ball is determined to grab.

"The boys have come a long way since that first game," he said.

"We expected to have a tough trip after that but the boys have really responded. We've learned a lot already.

"The pitches are pretty good but slow. It is nice batting against the seamers and we haven't struggled against the new ball at all. It's when the spinners come on that it becomes difficult. They set unorthodox fields and bowl one side of the wicket which can strangle you. It doesn't come down to your technique as much as your game plan.

"You need to know your scoring areas and it's important to try and score off every ball. You can't panic either."

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