Exciting future for A performers
Peter Moores believes England A’s exacting winter programme in Bangladesh has provided another milestone in the development of some exciting future England internationals.
The A team returned triumphant from their month-long tour of the Asian nation in February and March, sealing series wins in both the Tests and ODIs.
With the one-day form of the game being Bangladesh's strongest suit, England expected hard-fought matches in this series - and so it proved - with a crowd of 9,000 turning out for the first match in Bogra.
The interest generated by England A's visit can only be beneficial to developing nations and those with lesser cricketing pedigree, such as Bangladesh, as well as giving worldwide experience to those on the fringes of the England side.
And National Academy director Moores said: "The A Tour has been hugely successful; not only in the results, but in the way we have seen the development of a number of exciting new cricketers for England for the future.
"We deliberately picked some exciting young players like Adil Rashid, Steve Davies and Nick Compton, alongside some proven performers who are just outside the senior England squad, such as Matt Prior and Mike Yardy.
“From my point of view this has been a hugely positive tour."
In the opening match of the ODI series, Bangladesh won the toss and confidently chose to bat first, totalling 261 for eight with one-day specialist Nazim Uddin scoring an accomplished century.
England's reply started aggressively through Michael Carberry, Will Jefferson and Nick Compton - Jefferson impressing with a 25 ball 50, before being dismissed for 68.
Then it was left to Matt Prior (84), well supported by Mike Yardy and Steve Davies, to win a closely contested match for England, who finished on 263 for five in 47 overs.
Moving to Dhaka for the second match, England dominated the encounter with accomplished bowling performances particularly from Stuart Broad (3-33) in his opening spell and by Alex Gidman (5-42), which reduced Bangladesh to 177 all out in 46 overs.
Despite losing Carberry early in the innings, England completed a comfortable win through Jefferson (40), Compton (64) and Prior (34), with man-of-the match Gidman (21) hitting the winning runs to secure the match and the series for England.
The last match in the series highlighted how Bangladesh do provide a potent threat through some exciting young players. Although a dead rubber match, England were bowled out for 194 in 49 overs (Prior 51), and in front of their enthusiastic fans Bangladesh secured a five wicket victory to reduce the series deficit.
Moores added: "The final match shows how well these young England players have done on the tour to dominate both the Test and one-day series. Bangladesh are a very promising side."