Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duo Steer England to Strong Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Duo Steer England to Strong Win

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INNINGS of contrasting style from Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell saw England to a comfortable sixwicket win in the first one-day international against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge.

Strauss teed off to the tune of 50 in 37 balls at the top of the order, while Bell topscored with an expertly measured 84 not out to see England past a moderate target of 251 with 29 balls to spare.

Both men have had their suitability for 50-over cricket questioned in recent times but, in a match which was the first international to be broadcast in 3D, the pair proved they have more than one dimension.

Bell, making his first ODI appearance since November 2008 in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen, has particular cause for satisfaction after ensuring England maintained their 100% record over the Tigers in all forms of the game.

Strauss got off the mark with a trademark cut for four of the final ball of the opening over but was soon collecting runs in less familiar areas.

He took 15 off a single Shafiul Islam over, a lofted drive over extra-cover the pick of three boundaries, as England posted 50 off just seven overs.

Craig Kieswetter also found the ropes early in his innings but, with 44 of England's 66 after 10 overs, Strauss was setting the pace.

Kieswetter's emergence had led some to question whether Strauss' methods at the top of the order were out-dated but, having already answered his critics in the series win over Australia, he was now toying with them.

A dashed single saw him to a 22nd ODI 50 but when the pair attempted another, Strauss failed to make his ground.

Kieswetter hit one six in his 32 but fell to Shakib Al Hasan attempting a second.

Bell was in at three, with Paul Collingwood joining him after Kieswetter perished. Shakib almost found Bell's edge with a vicious turner but otherwise the pair's progress was steady but unspectacular, with just one four in their first 50 together.

Bangladesh's chances receded further when a Faisal Hossain ball reared nastily and hit wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim in the face. He was stretchered off the pitch and into an ambulance, leaving Junaid Siddique to take the gloves. …

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