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For England, we will be watchful: Bashar

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar says, 'Before we came to the WC, the aim was to qualify for the Super Eight and we did well.

cricket Updated: Apr 12, 2007 16:01 IST

Upbeat after beating South Africa in Super Eight, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said they would be watchful against England in their World Cup match in Barbados on Wednesday.

"For England, we will be watchful. We have not seen the pitch at Kensington Oval. So we will go there, and if we see it is a green top we will then decide," said Bashar.

"If there is turn that would suit us quite fine and we would unleash our three spinners. Our spinners have been doing a great job, but our fast bowlers are not that bad."

Bashar noted that their victory over New Zealand in the warm-up matches and over India in the first round showed they could compete against top world teams.

"Before we came to the World Cup, the aim was to qualify for the Super Eight and we did well and made it to the Super Eight."

Bashar said reaching the semi-finals is now a goal, but they were going match by match.

"It won't be easy. The next game will be very important. If we can win the next game then may be we can look forward to the semi-finals.

"To be honest we do not want to be looking at semi-finals at the moment. We want to think about match by match and the next challenge will be to beat England on Wednesday," he said.

The Bangladesh batsmen had a unique training session on Monday morning. They will face England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday.

The Asians were trying their hand at six-hitting as coach Dav Whatmore used the last half of the early morning session at the Windward Cricket Club to flex some muscle.

First Published: Apr 10, 2007 20:12 IST