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Skipper praises Finn and Trott after Lord's victory
Last Updated: May 31, 2010 6:34pm
England captain Andrew Strauss hailed the efforts of Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn in the first Test victory over Bangladesh.
"Steven Finn bowled very well. He hit the deck hard and got good pace and bounce, and he got more out of the pitch than anyone else."
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Trott hit 226 in the first innings to provide the foundation of England's total of 505 after they had been sent in at Lord's.
Finn, playing in his first home Test, took nine wickets in the match, including a second-innings haul of 5-87 which ended the Tigers' resistance and left England a manageable total of 160 to chase on the final day, which they overhauled on the stroke of tea to complete an eight-wicket triumph.
"In the first innings I thought Jonathan Trott played very well, we talked about getting big scores and he showed great temperament," Strauss told Sky Sports.
"And Steven Finn bowled very well. He hit the deck hard and got good pace and bounce, and he got more out of the pitch than anyone else."
Strauss admitted he had been less than happy with some of his side's bowling, particularly during the first innings, but also praised the battling performance of the tourists, who have now lost all seven of their Tests against England.
"We had to work pretty hard all the way for that victory," Strauss added.
"They made it hard work for us with the way they batted, our bowling was not quite as good as it should have been in the first half of the game but it got better as the game went on.
"But it was all about grafting and we are better for the run-out and hope to be better at Old Trafford (for the second Test).
"It was difficult for some of the guys as the guys that went to the Caribbean (for the World Twenty20) had to adjust very quickly to to the conditions and the format, and they will come out better at Old Trafford."
Man-of-the-match Finn said he had fulfilled a dream by getting on the Lord's honours board, but the 21-year-old Middlesex seamer is not taking his place in the side for granted.
He said: "It is something I have dreamt about for a long time, looking up at the honours board with Middlesex every day you dream of being up there and being up there now is a fantastic feeling.
"The only reason I played here is because Stuart Broad is being rested and, while I haven't done myself any harm, I am not kidding myself.
"I'm a seamer down the pecking order and I need to put in consistent performances and see where that takes me."
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was left disappointed that his team had not been able to bat longer this morning, adding just 54 runs after started the day with five second-innings wickets still in hand as they followed on.
"We lost too may wickets in the morning session," he said. "If we had lost one or two wickets we could have batted another hour or two after lunch and got a draw
"Our top order batted really well, there were plenty of short balls but they stuck to their job. But our bowlers need to get the ball in the right areas and put the batsman under pressure. They need to work hard and practise."
Shakib also paid tribute to opener Tamim Iqbal, who thrilled the crowd with his aggressive strokeplay as he made 103 from just 100 balls in the second innings.
"Tamim was exceptional throughout the game," the skipper said. "He played very well."