Defeat to Pakistan could turn out to be the best thing to happen to England at this World Cup. A mediocre bowling performance and very poor fielding display was the reason for their downfall and it’s just a wake-upcall Eoin Morgan’s men require.
While they’ve still broken 300 with the bat, despite the pitches being more challenging to what they are used to, in both their matches, their bowling hasn’t looked as strong. Indeed, bowling has dominated this tournament to date and at Sofia Garden’s specifically, New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 137 and the Lions then defended 201 in the next match.
So, as their bowling unit still has something to prove, we wouldn’t rush to back England at the prices, especially against a dangerous Bangladesh side. The Tigers have already beaten South Africa and they pushed New Zealand all the way in their other match.
You’ll bet they watched Pakistan and South Africa open up with spin in England’s first two games and remove one of Jason Roy or Jonny Bairstow early on. The Bangladesh bowling line-up consists of three spinners and although they gave the new ball to Mehedi Hasan against New Zealand, it was actually Shakib Al Hasan who came on and removed both openers.
The experienced all-rounder is leading with both bat and ball for his country and his canny left-arm spin can pick up a few wickets.
It will be trial by spin for England’s batsman and there is no doubting who is best equipped to deal with this – Joe Root. The Test captain has looked in fantastic touch so far with a half-century and a century, and back at the 2017 ICC Champions
*all odds are subject to change