Bangladesh ‘no more minnows’ eye England scalp

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 10, 2007 (AFP) – Bangladesh hope their spin king trio can bamboozle England, just like they did South Africa, and boost their bid for a World Cup semi-final place on Wednesday. . The left-arm trio of seasoned Mohammad Rafique, effective Abdur Razzak and emerging Saqibul Hasan spun Graeme Smith’s side to a humiliating 67-run defeat in Guyana on Saturday – their first ever win over South Africa.

The win was only Bangladesh’s fifth over a major Test playing country in 155 matches and they now seek their first over England in eight matches.

“If we beat England we get closer to the semi-finals but for that we have to work really hard,” said Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar ahead of the match against struggling England at the new-look Kensington Oval.

“Definitely we need to play consistent as well. We don’t want to play one good game and then play three bad games. But the South Africa win has increased the confidence and morale in the team.”

Bangladesh, who upset India by five wickets in the group stage to earn a second round place for the first time since their World Cup debut in 1999, have two points from four matches.

Bangladesh’s win over South Afri