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Grandstand finish

Posted in England team blog

After the disappointing finish to the tour to South Africa, it is really important we end this tour on a high.

The Test win in Chittagong was a really good team effort with a few of the guys putting in some excellent individual performances.

We were all surprised to be put into bat first. The wicket looked good and we thought they would want to bowl last with all their spinners.

Test cricket is all about big numbers early on so it was important we put a huge total on the board and put pressure on Bangladesh when it was their turn to bat.

Having bowled Bangladesh out it was the right decision not to force the follow on. The seamers had bowled a few overs in difficult conditions. It was 35 degrees every day of the Test and really humid too.

There was also the issue of not wanting to chase 150 against their spinners on a used wicket.

Graeme Swann took ten wickets to help us win comfortably. He can't do anything wrong at the moment and must make the most of the form that he is in.

I have been impressed with Steven Finn since he was called up for Graham Onions. He bowled well on a flat wicket and should be pleased with his performance on debut.

Since the Test finished we have been working hard ahead of the match here in Dhaka. Everyone is geed up about winning the series two-nil.