• Bangladesh no pushover

    South Africa have no reason to be complacent when they tour Bangladesh next month.

    Bangladesh have just clinched an ODI series against India, winning the first two games comfortably to take a 2-0 lead with one game to play.

    They are a dangerous side in ODI cricket, especially in their own conditions. Bangladesh have made formidable strides over the last 10 years and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

    It’s going to be a difficult series so South Africa should play their best possible XI. It is imperative that the tour goes well. The Proteas need to be convincing and play good cricket.

    The senior players will need to step up and guys like Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy will have to make consistent contributions for the team.

    I also kept an eye on the ODI series between England and New Zealand, which England won 3-2 after beating the Black Caps in the final game on Saturday.

    I was very surprised by England. I didn’t give them a chance beforehand, but they looked good and you could see they have a very different approach to the game compared to what we saw at the World Cup.

    It was very important for them to win the final game and clinch the series. You could see that captain Eoin Morgan has a good spirit going in the camp and England were mature and confident in the way they went about it.

    The win will give their confidence a big boost as the Ashes series gets closer. I don’t believe England will just roll over in the Ashes. Australia are definitively favourites to win the series, but I think England will be more competitive than people think.

    I’m very much looking forward to the Ashes. Australia will know from experience that it is never easy to win in England as they have shown in the last few home series.

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    Graeme Pollock