Siddons eyes series triumph
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons is chasing a dream series win over England tomorrow after overseeing a historic victory at Bristol.
Siddons cut a relieved figure as he arrived for nets at Edgbaston on the eve of the decider, with the NatWest Series squared at 1-1 following Bangladesh’s maiden win against England.
Prior to their dramatic five-run success yesterday Bangladesh were on the wrong end of a 20-0 record against England in all formats and had not won at all in 2010.
Now they are one result away from a previously unthinkable 2-1 triumph.
Such a scoreline would see Siddons go one better than his native Australia, after the world’s number one limited-overs team were defeated 3-2 by Andrew Strauss and company in their recent one-day series.
“It would be a bit of a dream for us but it’s not impossible,” Siddons said.
“We’ll go out tomorrow, do what we’ve been trying to do the last few games - either putting a score on the board or chase down a score - and anything is possible.
“I’ve said before there were a few chinks in the armour of this England team and I guess them leaving a few players out of their side weakened them a bit.
“But some things have been exposed and that will get written about and talked about. But they are still a very good team, so are Australia and now we are getting there.”
Siddons was delighted to see his players’ hard work over what has been a difficult period rewarded, but is eager for the victory not to be viewed as a one off.
“We’ve had a lot of losses and a lot of heartache along the way but we’ve won a game now and hopefully we can continue playing some good cricket and put ourselves in a position to win some more games,” he said.
“The way we built up to this win was important to me, not just the win itself. It wasn’t just a flash in the pan, we’ve been building up to this and we have to keep playing good cricket.
“The jubilation has already gone I guess and we’re getting ready to play another game tomorrow.”