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Bangladesh v England live & preview for 1st Test

Bangladesh v England live & preview for 1st Test Photo: TT

Bangladesh and England meet each other in the first of their two match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on Thursday.

If the short Test series is half as exciting as the recently concluded ODI series between the sides, which the tourists won by 2-1, thereby ending the Tigers two year undefeated run at home, then the watching public are in for a treat.

For the visitors, Thursday represents the start of a run of seven Tests in the next eight weeks on the subcontinent, as they will play a five match series on a tour to India, following the conclusion of the trip to Bangladesh.

Although Bangladesh have lost just one of their last eight Tests, in a run that dates back to October 2014, Thursday will be the first time for 448 days that their players have stepped foot on the pitch to play a Test match. Such is the proliferation of ODI and T20 cricket played by the Tigers, that they have taken part in 27 white-ball internationals in the intervening period.

Since Bangladesh’s last test, the washed out fixture against South Africa in Dhaka in August 2015, England have played 16 Tests, of which they won seen and lost six.

England’s main concern, remains to find a reliable opening partner for their captain, Alastair Cook, who will be playing in his 134th Test on Thursday, making him England’s most capped Test player of all time.

On Thursday, he will be joined at the top of the order by either, the 19 year old from Lancashire, Haseeb Hameed, or Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett.

If it should be Hameed who wins the selectors’ vote, then he will become just the 6th teenager to play Test cricket for England, and the first since the late Ben Hollioake in 1997 against Australia.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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