Day Three: Ruthless England Seals Rout

Paul AustinCorrespondent IJune 6, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Steven Finn of England poses during a portrait session at Lords on May 25, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Having struggled all series to assert their dominance, England finally lived up to expectations on the final day of its two match series.

Having been bowled at, at the close of the previous days play, Bangladesh found themselves having to bat again, and this time there was to be no Bangladeshi heroics.

Play did not begin until 1:15 pm, after rain had delayed the start of play, but having enforced the follow-on England removed danger man Tamim Iqbal with the second ball of the innings.

This was to be the start of a rapid capitulation, with the only real resistance coming from Mahmudullah, who top scored with 38, as Bangladesh crumbled to 123 all out, and a defeat of an innings and 80 runs.

The pick of the bowlers, for England, being Steven Finn, who finished with 5-42, his second successive five-wicket haul, admirably supported by James Anderson, who took 3-16.

Over all the series has been a disappointing one for England, and this final flourish flatters to deceive, but the critics will have noted that England underperformed in the first test, and struggled on the first day of the second test, and only really took control towards the end of the second day.

Conversely, whilst Bangladesh collapsed at the end, they will take away many positives from this series, notably the batting of Tamim Iqbal, and the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.

It has to be seen as another step on the Tigers path to test match recognition, and for England it has to be seen as a case of must try harder.