Fans watch on during the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Morning/afternoon/evening/whatever it is where you are, folks. This is new ground, in a way, for England. Traditionally Bangladesh tours have been throwaways; series that exist only to create the caveat: “yes but x of his wickets/runs were against Bangladesh.” It is a series for averages to be boosted and captains to be rested. And yet, there is a reason I wasn’t that interested when my dad said he sat near Eoin Morgan* in a restaurant the other night.
Win tonight/this morning/afternoon/whatever it is where you are and England become the first ODI side in two years and seven series to win a bilateral series in Bangladesh. Well, the second after Bangladesh, but you know what I mean. We probably couldn’t call this a historic series win – even though someone bloody will – but it would be a hugely impressive coup for Jos Buttler’s men.
Jos Buttler’s men. That sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? And there is something apt – don’t ask me how because I’ve cracked open the wine** – about this ever-refreshing team finding themselves in a situation where beating Bangladesh would be a BIG STATEMENT. But their constant ability to refresh, to maintain their aggressive style of batting, to look deep within their reserves of talent and find yet another brilliant player, is perhaps the best thing about this England team. On Friday we saw Jake Ball take to ODIs like a Duckett to ODIs and there is a plethora of exciting players we’re still yet to see.
What I’m saying is, this should be a good’un. Play begins at 9.30am BST, or 2.30pm local time. Bloody hell, we’re still on BST? Anywho, toss and team news half hour before that. In the meantime, enjoy a song that’s one of your all-time favourites whether you admit it or not***.
*He’s pretty sure it was him.
** I’m writing this last night.
*** Bloody hell, Mark Hart’s harmonies are something else.