Day 2 review (England v Bangladesh)

Pretty good day today (too hot mind – it was a scorcher), but I left the ground just wondering what the point of this match is. I can’t be bothered to rant about it, again, right now – but I’ll no doubt moan some more when they play the second Test.

So England batted very well – as I said yesterday, it’s difficult to judge their form considering the woeful bowling (and yes, I admit, Mortaza looked quite good), but they looked in reasonably good early-season form. Vaughan, I felt, batted absolutely beautifully (eventually) – looked very relaxed, and oozed the class which we’ve seen over the years. Again, sorry to bang on about it (bang! geddit?), but I can’t decide whether England will benefit or not from this match. I suppose it gets their feet moving, and their eyes and so on…

Impressed again with Bell. Nothing spectacular, and not a bar-clearer that’s for sure, but looks to have a calm, relaxed presence and the technique to back it up. Glorious back-foot play. Thorpe’s catch was excellent, but I thought Flintoff’s slip catch (2nd slip, lunged in front of Trescothick at first and made it look so easy) was amazing. He’s such a brilliant fielder and slipper – not in the Mark Waugh class, but then who is? The best England slipper I’ve seen in my 12 years watching.

I’ll give Bangladesh until midday, at most – they have scant technique, and seem scared and clueless when batting. Dav Whatmore has a tough job on his hands…

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