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England wary as Bangladesh hope for a World Cup repeat in Cardiff | Vic Marks

There is a delicious uncertainty about the tournament so far and the Tigers can capitalise on England’s wobble

Match 12 of the World Cup is upon us and it is now possible to predict that there are no certainties left. At the start of the tournament the matches tended to go with the formbook – except perhaps when West Indies thrashed Pakistan. Since then Bangladesh have beaten South Africa, Pakistan have defeated England and Australia managed to prevail despite being 79 for five after 17 overs against West Indies. For all except the fervently committed there is a delicious uncertainty about what’s going off out there.

In Cardiff on Saturday England meet Bangladesh and it would be daft to presume a cast-iron victory for Eoin Morgan’s side. The days of dismissing Bangladesh as a minnow have long since passed. That may have been the case in June 2005 when Bangladesh, with a youthful Mashrafe Mortaza opening the bowling – he is now captaining the side but not opening the bowling – took on Ricky Ponting’s Australians at Sophia Gardens.

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