England in control of the second test against Bangladesh


Sat, Nov 01, 2003 - Page 19

Richard Johnson snared five wickets and England built a 467-run lead yesterday in the second cricket test against Bangladesh.

At stumps on the third day, the English were 293 for five in their second innings.

Chris Read was unbeaten on 38, with Marcus Trescothick not out one.

Read had shared a 59-run fifth-wicket stand with former skipper Nasser Hussain, who contributed 95 before he was caught and bowled by Mohammad Rafique near the end of the evening session.

Johnson's bowling spell helped dismiss Bangladesh for 152 just before the lunch interval and give England a first-innings lead of 174 runs.

It was a welcomed reward for the Somerset seamer, who'd postponed a honeymoon in Mauritius with wife Nicky after his late inclusion in the squad to replace injured pacer James Anderson.

His 5-49 was his second best bowling figures after a man-of-the match feat of 6-33 on his test debut against Zimbabwe this summer.

Rookie Martin Saggers and Rikki Clarke returned two wickets apiece and Matthew Hoggard took the other wicket as Bangladesh lost its last six wickets for 59 runs.

Johnson dealt the first blow to Bangladesh late the previous evening when he removed opener Javed Omar on two.

Yesterday he also struck first after Bangladesh, struggling to save the match, resumed at 93-4.

Rajin Saleh, caught by substitute fielder Paul Collingwood, was his first victim on 32.

Khaled Mashud (0), captain Khaled Mahmud (15) and Mashrafee Bin Murtaza (1) also fell to Johnson's accurate bowling.

England went off a flying start in the second innings until the fall of Mark Butcher on 42.

Butcher, who took the opening slot because Trescothick had a thumb injury, was dismissed by offspinner Mohammad Rafique for the third time this series when he edged a turning delivery to wicketkeeper Mashud.