England must be wary of a dangerous Bangladesh in their next Cricket World Cup game on Saturday as Eoin Morgan’s men aim to get back on track in Cardiff.
The hosts made a decent start to the tournament when beating South Africa, but a 14-run defeat to Pakistan in their second game means a win is now required to prove the Trent Bridge setback was just a blip, and not the start of something more worrying.
A few years ago a clash against Bangladesh would have been a welcome easier fixture to help England get back into top form but, nowadays, the Tigers are a very different proposition and, despite the short odds for an England win, they are unlikely to be pushovers.
Mashrafe Mortaza’s men had too much for an admittedly disappointing South Africa in their opening match and they then ran New Zealand close before the Black Caps managed a tense, two-wicket win at The Oval.
England have looked in good shape with the bat so far in the tournament, posting scores of 311 and 334, and have plenty of key men in good nick.
Jason Roy, Morgan, Joe Root and Ben Stokes all posted half-centuries against SA, with Stokes top-scoring with 89, while against Pakistan both Jos Buttler and Root hit centuries in defeat.
It would be surprising if one of the aformentioned batsmen did not to score a ton at Sophia Gardens then, and Buttler looks best value at 5/1 to be England’s top scorer.
With conditions in Cardiff likely to favour pace bowlers, Morgan has suggested the Three Lions are set to go with four seamers and newcomer Jofra Archer, who took three wickets in the opener but then failed to add to his tally against Pakistan, is expected to get plenty of joy.
Archer appears determined to take his chance in the World Cup and even though Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, who took five wickets between them last time out, are also likely to take the attack to Bangladesh, Archer could well be the inspiration in Wales.