No excuses from Strauss
Andrew Strauss wants England to learn lessons from their watershed five-run defeat to Bangladesh after admitting the hosts failed in two out of the three disciplines at Bristol.
Bangladesh went into the match winless in 2010 and had lost all 20 of their previous games against England, but they bowled Strauss and company out for 231 with three balls to spare to secure a famous NatWest Series-squaring win.
Strauss was quick to praise the Tigers but was unimpressed with his own team’s fielding and batting.
“We weren’t at the races today, it’s as simple as that,” Strauss said.
“Our bowling was okay but our fielding was poor and our batting, chasing 237, was a particularly poor effort if I’m honest.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame but we also have to give credit to Bangladesh for the way they defended that total. They were able to take wickets throughout the innings and keep the pressure on.
“They thoroughly deserved their victory but for us it’s about going away, licking our wounds and making sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes again on Monday.”
Strauss made a breezy 33 at the top of the order, one of a number of batsmen to get started but failed to progress to a major score.
Only Jonathan Trott reached 50, his anchoring knock of 94 coming off 130 balls.
Strauss continued: “I don’t think there was one turning point.
“(Paul) Collingwood and (Eoin) Morgan getting out when they did give Bangladesh a much better chance of winning the game but it was the constant loss of wickets and a lack of major partnerships that cost us the game.”
Despite the landmark nature of the defeat, victory at Edgbaston on Monday would see England pick up back-to-back NatWest Series wins after their recent success against Australia.
And Strauss was emphatic in asserting it was not his lowest moment as England skipper.
“No is the answer to that: getting bowled out for 51 in Jamaica was worse than this but it’s not fun to stand up here after losing in this fashion,” he added.
“All we can do now is go forward and make amends.
“Bangladesh thoroughly deserved their win today. They got a reasonable score on the board and defended it with everything they had.”
Triumphant Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was delighted to see his players smiling again after a painful 24-match barren streak in all formats.
“We are feeling very good. It’s been 250 days (sic) since we won so people back home will be very happy about this win and the dressing room is very happy too,” he said.
“The first win of the year is important because we are going to Ireland and Scotland after this, but the next match against England is also very important for us.
“In the last 250 days we haven’t won any games but we have worked very hard in the nets with the coach. Today we worked hard in the field and that’s why this win has come.
“I told every bowler to give 100% and it was important that we took wickets in the powerplays and also in the middle overs.”