At one stage on the opening day of the first Test between Bangladesh and England, it looked like the visitors were in for a troubled time. England were 21/3 and had lost the first three wickets in the first innings for the lowest score in Asia. Things looked bleak with Duckett, Cook and Ballance back in the hut. That is when defiant knocks by Joe Root (40), Moeen Ali (68) and Jonny Bairstow (52) got them out of the gutter to a respectable 258/7 at close of play. For Bangladesh, Mehedi Hasan Miraz picked up a fifer on debut to inflict the most damage on the visiting side’s chances. The remaining two were also picked up by a spinner – Shakib Al Hasan.
AND THAT’S STUMPS! Proceedings halted after day 1 with England on 258 at the expense of seven wickets. Chris Woakes is unbeaten on 36 and Adil Rashid on 5. Star of the day is debutant Mehedi Hasan Miraz who finishes with 5/64.
There’s time for more action. Kamrul Islam Rabbi has the ball and we’re headed into the 92nd over of the day. How rarely does that happen?
So we have the 90 overs done but still time left. And here’s Mehedi to bowl what looks to be the final over of the day
Into the final over of the day and Kamrul Islam Rabbi has the ball.
GONE! Mehedi has five on debut! A slider by Mehedi rattles the off stump and Bairstow’s beaten! Jonny’s smart knock ends on 52. Mehedi Hasan 29-5-59-5 and England are 237/7
With the new ball available after 80 overs, Bangladesh take it and will look to capitalise. Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow in the middle
FIFTY! Jonny Bairstow brings up his fifty and England are doing well at the lower end of the innings. Finding nice combination with Chris Woakes. England are 224/6
GONE! Bangladesh have the big wicket! Moeen Ali departs after enjoying multiple lives! Mehedi Hasan Miraz strikes. Gripped after pitching on middle stump and spun away from the left hander. Moeen Ali had to offer a stroke and it takes the outside edge to be taken by Mushfiqur Rahim. England are 194/6
And that’s TEA! England go into tea at 173/5 with Moeen Ali unbeaten on 61 and joined by Jonny Bairstow on 26. Ali continues to prove himself in other departments of the sport too. And his fifty has been one full of nervous moments. He’s ridden and survived five reviews!
Moeen Ali raking up the boundaries at Mahmudullah’s expense. Dances down the track twice in three balls to pick up boundaries. England move along to 172/5
FIFTY! Moeen Ali brings up his fifty with a boundary. This is his 8th Test half ton and what a valuable knock it has been. Worth keeping in mind that it hasn’t been easy – he’s had multiple nervous moments in this 127 ball inning
REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL! Mehedi Hasan’s delivery slides on and is hitting middle stump. But upon review, it is noticed that it was pitching outside leg. And that’s another review going in Moeen Ali’s favour and Bangladesh have lost both their reviews now
Jonny Bairstow piling on the runs in boundaries now for England. Doing well to go back on the backfoot and punching through the covers
GONE! Another English batsman is done in by the spin. Ben Stokes looks to defend but leaves gap between bat and pad and have his middle stump toppled by Shakib Al Hasan. England are 106/5
WICKET! Joe Root c Sabbir Rahman b Nehedi Hasan 40
Brilliant bowling from round the stumps by Mehedi. Pitches it on the middle and Root plays for the spin into him but it carries on with the angle. It takes the outside edge and hits Mushfiqur Rahim on the thigh to lob up in the air. A fallen Sabbir at slip takes the catch. Good innings comes to an end
Players back on the field with England resuming at 81/3. Joe Root and Moeen Ali have carried them from 21/3. Bangladesh will once again resume with spin
LUNCH on Day 1!
Bangladesh dominated the first hour of play but England were stable in the second hour with Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes
WICKET! Moeen Ali lbw b Shakib Al Hasan
Review straight away from Moeen! That kept pretty low. Struck him in-line! Are we checking for an edge here?
Yes! a faint bottom-edge in the snicko. That will save Mooen
APPEAL! Mooen Ali comes forward to defend it but it beats his bat! Struck on the pads. Bangladesh think they have got him umpire thinks otherwise. Mushfiqur reviews
Stuck outside off stump and the ball is turning sharply. It goes on to kiss the leg-stump but decision will not be overturned. Not out
England cross the fifty run mark with only three wickets down. Moeen Ali and Joe Root have soaked in the pressure for the moment
Joe Root with couple of classy boundaries. The batting will become easier after the first hour of play but spin will still be big concern for England
First hour of play done in Chittagong! After 15 overs, England are 34 for the loss of three wickets with Moeen Ali and Joe Root out in the middle for them
Moeen Ali gets a promotion in the batting order! He joins Joe Root in the middle. England are 21/3 after 12 overs
WICKET! Gary Ballance lbw b Mehedi Hasan
Ballance is struck on the pad in front of wickets and Bangladesh with a huge appeal but a lot of doubt as the bat came down quickly as well. Umpire says not out. Probably bat hitting the ball first. Mushfiqur reviews
GONE! Snicko shows ball hitting pads first! Crashing into the stumps
The pitch is turning massively in Chittagong! England batsmen are finding it difficult to play the spinners. Garry Ballance and Joe Root are the at crease for England
WICKET! Alastair Cook b Shakib Al Hasan 4
Wicket for Shakib in his first over and he gets England captain Cook. Unlucky though. Cook goes for the sweep but he has played that shot too early. Hits him on the arm and it bounces back on to the stumps to remove the bails
WICKET! Ben Duckett b Mehedi Hasan 14
Bowl’em! Duckett nowhere close to playing that. First wicket in Tests for young Mehedi. Pitched on middle stump and Duckett tries to play it on the leg stump. It straightens to crash into middle-off
Slow start from the England openers Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett. England are 11/0 after six overs. Cook unbeaten on four from 18 balls while Duckett has made nine runs off 18 balls
Whoa! We have spin in the second over of the day! Mehedi Hasan comes on to ball his left-arm spin! Bangladesh on the attack
Shafiul Islam will open the bowling for Bangladesh while Alastair Cook and Ben Duckett are the two England openers. Hot conditions in Chittogong
Playing XI for Bangladesh
Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (C & WK), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Playing XI for England
Alastair Cook (C), Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad
England hand Duckett a Test debut. He will be opening with Alastair Cook in this Test. Gareth Batty also returns to England side after an 11-year absence
England have won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh. Hot conditions in Chittagong
Bangladesh hoping to endure heat better than England
Bangladesh is counting on the hot and stifling conditions being their friend and not England’s when the first cricket Test starts on Thursday.High humidity along with temperatures of up to 34 degrees (90 F) are forecast for Chittagong for the next five days, with little relief from clouds.
High humidity along with temperatures of up to 34 degrees (90 F) are forecast for Chittagong for the next five days, with little relief from clouds.
The one-day international series started in mid-afternoons with some relief in the evenings, but the Tests get going from 10 a.m., and the Bangladeshis hope the weather makes things easier for them in their first series in 15 months.
“Weather will have a big effect,” Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim says. “Maintaining concentration and consistency over five days will be challenging.
“It will be more difficult for them than us, as they are not habituated to this weather. Although they have been here for around 15-20 days, we’ll try to maximise our advantage to the full, be it from the wicket or the weather conditions.”
The conditions worried England captain Alastair Cook.
“England as a cricketing nation plays more Test cricket than Bangladesh, which helps us, but we don’t play a huge amount in these conditions,” Cook says.
“Home advantage and home conditions play a big part. We have to learn fast – three days of (warmup) cricket isn’t a huge amount of time for a lot of the guys to be in, and I haven’t seen any of it. We have to think on our feet and be ready.”
Cook missed both warmup matches – three days’ worth – for the birth of his second child. He came to Bangladesh to acclimatize with the ODI squad, returned home to see his new baby girl, and returned on Monday.
He will eclipse Alec Stewart and become England’s most capped player when he appears in his 134th Test on Thursday since his debut in 2006.
Rahim paid tribute to Cook.
“He is a role model to any young player, the way he has played in the last 10 years,” Rahim says. “He made his debut after me and he has played 133 and I have played only 48.
“He will be one of the key players to get rid of early, so hopefully we can execute our plans against him.”
England come from drawing a four-match Test series against Pakistan at home. England has already played 10 Tests this year, while Bangladesh hasn’t played a Test since July 2015 against South Africa.
Rahim said he was not in a position to complain about Bangladesh’s lack of Tests, and had no reservation about calling England the favourite.
“The way England are playing in the last few years, clearly they are the favourites on the Test side,” Rahim said. “But we were the favourites in the ODI series, and we ended up losing, so it doesn’t matter.”
Bangladesh has lost only one of its last eight Tests since October 2014 but it has had no red-ball cricket in 18 months. Cook dismissed talk of who is favourite.
“Bangladesh haven’t played much cricket over the last year or so, but that’s outweighed by them not playing in alien conditions, whereas these conditions are not natural to us,” Cook says. “We won an Ashes series when no one gave us a chance, so (whose favourite is) irrelevant to how we play.”
I could break Sachin’s record: COok
Alastair Cook has admitted to questioning how much longer he can extend his record-breaking England career, torn between the pride of playing for his country and the wrench of being parted from his young family.
Cook will become England’s most capped Test player on Thursday when he leads his side out against Bangladesh in Chittagong at the start of a two-match series — his 134th appearance in whites for his country.
Given that he is still only 31, remains at the top of his game and is remarkably injury-free, talk is growing that Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record of 200 Test appearances could be vulnerable.
Cook is already the only Englishman to score more than 10,000 Test runs and widely tipped to also overtake Tendulkar’s record of 15,921 runs.
But after flying back to rejoin the squad in Bangladesh only days after his wife Alice gave birth to their second daughter, Cook acknowledged that the prospect of many more years of touring was daunting.
“We play Tests so quickly nowadays so I could do (break Tendulkar’s appearances record)… The danger is looking at it,” he told journalists late Tuesday in Chittagong.
“Seventy-odd Test matches now seems a long way away and if I am brutally honest the more times you pack your bags to leave your family at home you do question how long you can keep doing it for.”
As one of the few countries that still draws packed houses for five-day matches, England play far more Test cricket than their counterparts and are due to play at least 14 Test matches within the next 12 months.
Cook at least will have a break from the international circuit between Christmas and July next year given that England have an extensive programme of one-day cricket in that period, including the Champions Trophy.
England’s selectors controversially axed Cook as limited-overs captain just two months before the 2015 World Cup, but he now admits that could have been a blessing in disguise.
“Noticeably not playing one day cricket has lightened my load up,” he said. “You get more substantial breaks which refresh you mentally a lot more than it has ever done.
“You can isolate each series or tour knowing that I have 10 weeks here but January, February, March are back at home and you can do your training block or get away from it and spend some quality time at home.”
Cook said being captain of the Test team was “something I am very proud of” and never dreamed when he made his debut 11 years ago that he was embarking on a record-breaking career.
“I would never have thought in 2006 when I made my debut I would get close to breaking that… It will be a very special moment. It doesn’t matter whether you are playing your first game or your 130th. It is a very proud moment to play for England and you should never ever forget that and I certainly don’t.”
England bowler James Anderson should play some part in the tour of India but will definitely miss the first Test, Cook confirmed.
Paceman Anderson is still recovering from the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the trip to Bangladesh. “He might come out to do some training but he will not be ready to play in the first Test,” Cook said.
“I spoke to him last night. He has been doing a lot of training and is in good shape physically. The decision is going to be made over the next week on that (when he goes to India).
“The test for his body is when he starts bowling, but he is making some strides.”
Anderson, 34, has struggled with injury this year and missed the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s with a shoulder injury before it flared up again at the end of the domestic season.
Cook will overtake Alec Stewart to become the most-capped England test player when he steps out for the first of two Tests against Bangladesh on Thursday.
“I started however many years ago and you never thought you’d get anywhere near, so to break the record like that is very special,” he told the England and Wales Cricket Board website ahead of his 134th Test.
“A lot of luck, I suppose, is needed with injuries and all that stuff and to score just enough runs at the right time to keep yourself in the team,” said Cook who rejoined the squad in Chittagong after returning home for the birth of his second daughter.