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Jamie Siddons

Jamie Siddons is hoping Bangladesh can earn an unprecedeted series triumph over England at Edgbaston tomorrow

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.”

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