• There are many selection and tactical issues which have come out of the first Test, but England have to realise that when playing against Bangladesh, different rules apply.

     

    On the whole, the tourists won convincingly and gained real positives from the performances of Graeme Swann, Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood, to single out a few, but inevitably there are aspects of England's approach which it is right to address.

     

    It was obviously the wrong decision from Cook to not enforce the follow-on in the first Test but, without being too disrespectful, it was just batting practice for England and did not matter a jot.

     

    Bangladesh do not have the depth of understanding to be competitive at international level and, while the Tigers have a few talented young players, they should never be a serious challenge for other sides.

     

    It is certainly a growing trend for England to set world-record totals for their opposition, and clearly against Bangladesh that was wholly unnecessary.

     

    But,

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  • Our seven-wicket defeat to Bangalore Royal Challengers on Saturday night was obviously disappointing but we just have to dust ourselves down, learn what we can from the loss and focus on our next challenge: a very tough game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.

     

    The beauty about this Mumbai Indians team is that we are very close. It's like a family this year with everyone united. We are all supporting each other and we're all focused on the team's goals. That is very important when you are playing in a competition like this.

     

    The big turning point in our defeat to the Royal Challengers was that disastrous 11th over of the innings when we lost Rayudu, Sachin and Bravo, slumping from 74 for three to 76 for six. All credit to Vinay Kumar: he bowled four very tight overs and used a lot of variation. His three-wicket strike rocked us.

     

    We'd also struggled a little bit at the start of the innings with me departing early. In our two earlier wins we’d got off to solid starts and that is

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  • It's hard to imagine that Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Rajasthan Royals by 34 runs even though they had seven wickets in the shed when the final over began. Clearly, things went horribly wrong for the Kolkata team and they seemed unable to change gears once they got into cruise control.

     

    Why didn't any of the batsmen try to change the momentum? Why did the form players not come in earlier? Both Sourav Ganguly and Dav Whatmore must take responsibility for faulty planning on Saturday, and they need to address these problem areas immediately, since they meet Mumbai Indians on Monday.

     

    One of the cardinal rules of T20 is to get the form players in early. Angelo Mathews looks in good touch as does Owais Shah, but the former came in with just three balls to spare. It was as though Kolkata kept threatening to cut loose and when they did decide to up the tempo, the game had got too far away from them. Nobody seized the opportunity to stand up for the team, and the hesitant approach cost

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