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Belly ache in Bangladesh

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Losing 5-2 to Bangladesh was a tough pill to swallow. If we had played slightly smarter cricket and had a few things gone our way then some of the results could have turned in our favour.

After match three we moved from Chittagong to Sylhet with a great focus and team spirit after a fine win in our previous encounter.

We had a day off to recover and then had an unusual training session as a few of the guys including myself were beginning to feel dazed and weak as the session went on. Later on that day four players and a couple of staff members were struck down by a terrible bug.

Griff (Gavin Griffiths), Jack (Leaning), Webby (Simon Webster), Rammy (Singh) and I were all progressively getting worse.

The following day was game day and Griff and I were determined to play given the series position - 2-1 down - but we were too weak and couldn't even stand up in the shower.

I'd been up all night and only managed about 20 minutes sleep due to illness. Neither of us were capable of taking on food and we only managed to consume small sips of water throughout the day.

The decision was made that we would obviously not play and with many of the guys also not 100 per cent it put a real spanner in the works in terms of our preparation for the game.

We later discovered members of the Lions squad who were in Sylhet the week before picked up the same bug. It was never established what caused any of the illnesses.

We received regular updates of the game and despite a strong effort the boys lost by four wickets. Our total of 168 wasn't enough on what I understand to have been a bowler friendly pitch.

Ben Foakes

However much I wanted to play in the fourth one-dayer the bug I picked up meant I could barely stand up let alone think about cricket

Game five saw us win by 28 runs. Batting first the guys made 195 and reduced Bangladesh to 167.

I was feeling a bit better so the doctor allowed us 'sick notes' to go to the ground at lunch. We managed to see our bowling performance which was a great team effort that allowed the guys to edge over the finishing line.

The sixth game was my come back from illness. I felt good in the morning so was up for selection but I took a turn for the worse not long after the game started. I think it was because I hadn't really eaten in the few days before so I became dizzy and faint when we fielded.

We scored 206 which, on the uneven Sylhet pitch, we felt that was a decent score. We were very disappointed to lose the game by a fairly wide margin as we should have defended that total.

In the final game of the series we played under lights at Dhaka which was a new experience for many of the guys. Bangladesh batted first and made 237 on a pitch which was up to a bit of mischief.

In reply we got off to a great start against the seam with DBD (Daniel Bell-Drummond) scoring three or four boundaries an over in the four overs when there was pace on the ball.

Bangladesh brought spin on in the fifth over, which had happened in each of the previous games, and the boundaries dried up.

The challenge of playing under lights made the odd ball skid on whilst other deliveries continued to turn sharply which made it tough. We got to 161 before being bowled out in front of a large vocal crowd in the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

We now look forward to the chance to tour Australia next month in a quadrangular series with the hosts, New Zealand and India. We will have camps at Loughborough in the build up to finalise the touring party which we will all be working hard to get in to.

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