Bangladesh started their mission for the upcoming ODI series against England after the Afghanistan series and the Tigers will have six days of preparation ahead of the first of the three-match ODI series, starting from this Friday, at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium.
Mashrafe bin Mortaza and his troop had an intense fielding session on Monday followed by a net session at the Academy ground centre pitch while few of the batsmen batted at the indoors amid scorching heat.
Tigers coach Chandika Hathurusingha has definitely chalked out the mistakes, especially the fielding and batting departments where the Bangladesh cricketers were not up to the mark during the Afghanistan series.
And the Tigers think tank would also want to stay ahead of the visiting England in terms of taking advantage of the hot and humid conditions as fielding and assistant coach Richard Halsall worked on the ground fielding while Hathurusingha was busy giving high catches during the training session.
The first challenge for the English side will be the weather as they start their sub-continent tour where they will tour India after completing their month-long series in Bangladesh.
Jos Buttler and his team already faced the heat and had a tough time in the training session on Monday where most of the players tried to cope up with the hot and humid conditions and were busy keeping themselves cool during the net session.
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Interim England ODI captain Jos Buttler bats while wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow looks on during a nets session DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption]
Bangladesh would want to be in a position of advantage in terms of fitness and making full use of the conditions against England in both the ODIs and Test series.
Meanwhile, youngster Mosaddek Hossain, who had a brilliant ODI debut against Afghanistan, is looking forward to enjoying his game as he informed that his mission for the England series started on Monday.
The 20-year old Mosaddek was the only bright spot for the Tigers in the second ODI against Afghanistan where the right-hander remained unbeaten on 45 as he added 43 runs for the last wicket with Rubel Hossain to help the home side to go past the 200-run mark.
He also picked up two wickets with his off-spin, becoming the maiden Bangladeshi ODI cricketer to take a wicket in the first ball.
“Coach (Hathurusingha) told me to enjoy myself before my debut match where he said I should not think about my performance and play my natural game as I played for Abahani in the Dhaka [Premier] League. I tried to do accordingly,” Mosaddek told the media.
According to Mosaddek, the upcoming England series will be much tougher than the Afghanistan series. However, he informed that the third ODI win to seal the series against the Afghans will boost the confidence of the Tigers for the upcoming series.
“Obviously England are a much better side and I am hoping of a competitive match but as we won six consecutive series' at home, we will definitely go out to win the series. We played ODI cricket after over 10 months and we faced some difficulties in the first two games. But we came back well in the third game and I think it’s a plus point for us. We got our rhythm back before the England series,” he added.