Outlook – England will face the side who kick-started their transformation into a major threat in one-day internationals when the tournament hosts continue their 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

Summary

  • England will face the side who kick-started their transformation into a major threat in one-day internationals when the tournament hosts continue their 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.
  • At that point there was no longer any way of hiding England’s white-ball woes and, with a home World Cup up next, then England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss was determined the national side’s limited overs form had to improve.
  • But having started their quest to win a first men’s World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa at The Oval, they head into this weekend’s clash on the back of a surprise 14-run defeat by Pakistan.
  • It could well be a similar story at Sophia Gardens on Saturday, particularly as several players on both sides who featured in England’s ill-tempered 2016 win over Bangladesh in Dhaka are likely to be involved again.
  • He took heart from how Bangladesh had nearly defended a target of 245 against New Zealand, saying the team were in good spirits as they prepared to face England.


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