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Bangladesh v England live & preview for 2nd Test at Dhaka

Bangladesh v England live & preview for 2nd Test at Dhaka Photo: TT

Bangladesh and England meet in the second and final Test of their short series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, starting on Friday, with the visitors leading 1-0 after their victory by 22-runs in the thrilling encounter in Chittagong.

Bangladesh came as close as they ever have to beating England in a test match in Chittagong, but the selectors have still seen fit to make two changes to the squad for the upcoming game in Mirpur.

Mosaddek Hossain and Subashis Roy have been added to the squad, while Shafiul Islam is left out.

It was announced that Shafiul was being rested, rather than dropped, due to his showing signs of fatigue after playing his first Test for some while. In truth, he bowled only a dozen wicketless overs, and batted for less than 50 minutes in total, contributing just two runs, and it would be difficult to argue the case for his retention.

Mosaddek, who made his ODI debut recently against Afghanistan, will provide cover for Sabbir Rahman, who was feeling unwell after his second innings efforts, when his 64 not out in over three hours at the crease, nearly carried his country to victory.

For Subashis, this is his first call up at international level, and comes on the back of a record of 136 wickets taken in 51 first-class matches.

England still have concerns about the top of their order, but are likely to stick with Ben Duckett as Alastair Cook’s opening partner. The most vulnerable batsman from the first Test, appears to be Gary Ballance, who managed just 10 runs across the two innings.

Having played three spinners in the first Test, with varying degrees of success, England will be tempted to bring in the left-arm orthodox spinner Zafar Ansari. While it may make sense to rest Broad or Woakes, Cook didn’t have enough faith in his slow bowlers to use them on the fifth morning in Chittagong, and if Ansari is selected to play in the second Test, it is more likely to be at the expense of Batty or Rashid.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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