Cricket: Andrew Strauss hits 154 as England crush tourists to take series

Centurions Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott shared England's highest one-day partnership as the hosts secured the NatWest Series in style with a 144-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston.

The pair came together four balls into the England innings after Craig Kieswetter was bowled for a duck and put on 250 as England posted 347 for seven, their third largest one-day total. Strauss' majestic 154, his fourth one-day hundred, contained 16 fours and five sixes - the third biggest knock in English one-day history - while Trott (110) added a maiden century. The pair's partnership bettered the 226 Strauss shared with Andrew Flintoff against West Indies in 2004, while Ravi Bopara hit four of his 16 balls for six to finish on 45 not out.

Bangladesh were all out for 203, Bopara chipping in with four wickets in an eye-catching return to the side.

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If Bangladesh's chances of taking the series 2-1 seemed remote at the interval, things only got worse when an Ajmal Shahzad slower ball deceived danger man Tamim Iqbal, who made a typically brisk 16.

Shahzad also accounted for Imrul Kayes to make it 24-2.

Junaid Siddique continued to counter-attack with successive fours off Shahzad before swatting Stuart Broad's third ball through mid-wicket. Four more from Jahurul Islam brought up the Tigers' 50 at all-but a run a ball but the task ahead remained huge. Junaid fell chipping Bresnan to Wright for 25. Then Jahurul (27) gave Broad a wicket with a loose pull and when Shakib Al Hasan was run out for six England were rampant. Mahmudullah, who top-scored with 42, and Abdur Razzak, with 27, delayed the inevitable before Michael Yardy and Bopara wrapped things up.

Strauss said: "It was a good way to bounce back after Bristol. We were obviously very disappointed with our performance there and wanted to put it right today. I've been hitting the ball really well without translating it into big scores and I was determined to do that today."

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