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A team hail Bangladesh trip

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Alex Gidman during the side's World Food Programme visit

England A players returned from their tour of Bangladesh having benefited from a growing experience, both on and off the field.

The month-long tour in February and March ended with series wins in both the Test Matches and one-day internationals.

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Michael Yardy and Alex Loudon distribute some gift aid

But the squad pleased tour manager Guy Jackson even more with their attitude throughout: "Apart from high standard performances on the pitch the players have also conducted themselves immaculately throughout in what are difficult circumstances.

"Bangladesh remains under a 'state of emergency' and security had to be very tight. The players were confined to hotels when not playing, but all remained hugely positive and focused on the task. "

The two-match Test series saw England win 1-0 with a thrilling victory in the National Stadium at Mirpur in the first Test.

However, it wasn't just cricket that was on the players' minds, with a fundraising event at the National Cricket Centre in Loughborough, inviting members of the public to train with them before they left for Bangladesh, the start of a charitable venture for the World Food Programme while abroad.

"On one of their only days off the players made a positive contribution working with the UN World Food Programme to see how the $5000 the players had raised would be used to distribute much-needed nutrition to children in rural areas through schools," Jackson added.

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An impromptu match during the team's village visit

"The players' visit to these villages was not only memorable and moving, but serves to raise awareness to the plight of families in these areas and the work on the UN Food Programme.

"Overall the tour was a huge success on many levels."

England were put in a dominant position from the first morning of the series with their seam attack led by Stuart Broad and Graham Onions reducing Bangladesh to 58 for five at lunch, and ultimately bowling the hosts out for 209.

England amassed 359 through days two and three with contributions from most of the batsmen, with Michael Carberry and Alex Loudon top scoring with 70 and 71 respectively.

The second innings saw a much more resilient Bangladesh, better prepared for England's seam attack, and as the ball softened it was principally the spinners led by Loudon (5-76) who ultimately bowled out a Bangladesh team, determined to force a draw.

Tea on the final day saw England still requiring two wickets and a substantial run chase to claim an unlikely victory. A last effort spell from the England bowlers secured the two wickets, leaving exactly 20 overs for England to score the required 130 on a worn pitch better suited to the Bangladesh spinners.

England's positive approach saw Matt Prior promoted to open and he attacked from the first over. It was Prior and Nick Compton that took England to 68 off the first eight overs to create a chance of victory.

As wickets fell, Prior went to 50 from 52 balls with Mike Yardy smashing a quickfire 27, but it was Loudon who completed his man-of the match performance by stroking eight off his first four balls faced to win the game with two balls to spare.

The second Test at the Shahid Chandu Stadium, Bogra, was rain-affected, and although England were dominant in the match, the five sessions lost to rain precluded a positive result.

Again England's seam attack led by Broad (4-72) had reduced Bangladesh to 152 all out, and Compton (92) helped to give England a 100-run lead, but Bangladesh held out to force the draw.

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