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Rain gives Strauss more time to consider follow-on

Manchester: England captain Andrew Strauss had extra time to decide on whether to enforce the follow-on against Bangladesh in the second and final Test after rain delayed the third day`s start here today.

Play was due to get underway at Old Trafford at 1530 IST but persistent rain meant the pitch and square remained fully covered.

Bangladesh lost all their 10 wickets in a dramatic final session yesterday as they were bowled out for 216 in reply to England`s 419.

Bangladesh, 203 behind on first innings, were left just four runs of shy of avoiding the follow-on.

Strauss has until 10 minutes before the actual, rather than scheduled, start of play to decide on if he wants to make Bangladesh bat again.

Bangladesh found themselves in trouble despite Tamim Iqbal`s 108 -- the left-handed opener`s second century in as many innings after his 103 in England`s eight-wicket first Test win at Lord`s.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann, with five wickets for 76 runs -- his first five-wicket Test haul in England -- did the bulk of the damage after Bangladesh had been well-placed at 153 for one.

Fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad, on his Test debut, offered good support with three for 45.

England`s total saw Ian Bell make 128. His third hundred in five Tests against Bangladesh took Bell`s average against the Tigers to 158.25.

Bell and Matt Prior (93) shared an England record sixth-wicket stand against Bangladesh of 153.

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