Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka March 19, 2010

Hosts target continued improvement


Match facts

Saturday March 20, 2010
Start time 9.30am (03.30GMT)

Big Picture

For two days in Chittagong it was a walk in the park for England, but over the next three it turned into a hard slog. Eventually they overpowered Bangladesh, as everyone imagined they would, but the team returned to Dhaka with some weary bodies and tired minds. With only three days to recover between matches (they may have had more with a bit more adventure) it will be a test of Andy Flower's claims that this is the fittest England side ever.

Bangladesh can take great heart from the way their performance improved during the match. It is clear they are forming the backbone of a decent batting unit with the flamboyant skills of Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah alongside the adhesiveness of Mushfiqur Rahim and Junaid Siddique. Shakib Al Hasan, their captain and leading player, had a poor game with the bat in the first Test and is due a score.

Their challenge again has to be to take the match five days - victory, surely, remains beyond them with a weak bowling attack - and ensure England climb aboard their flight home knowing they have been through two hard-fought Tests.

There is a feeling within the England team - although they are reluctant to say it - that they are pretty much on a hiding to nothing on this tour. A full hand of victories is all that was expected; any defeats would have been major embarrassments. Alastair Cook gave a forthright defence of his tactics after the first Test, but there was a sense of reactiveness rather than proactivity in his captaincy.

These, though, are early days for his leadership and he will be immensely satisfied to leave with his record intact. That may need another five days of hard work.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

Bangladesh LLLLW
England WLDWD

Watch out for...

Steven Finn has come a long way in a short time. A couple of weeks ago he was back in London preparing for a pre-season boot camp with Middlesex and now he has leapfrogged Liam Plunkett and Ajmal Shahzad into the Test team. His first appearance confirmed his promise as he troubled the Bangladesh batsmen on a slow, flat pitch. A return of two wickets didn't do him justice, but he'll have learnt valuable lessons about bowling on docile surfaces. The indications are he will get another chance in Dhaka to further advance his claims ahead of the home season.

Ever since he made his debut at Lord's aged 16, Mushfiqur Rahim looked to have the skills to withstand Test cricket. His double effort at Chittagong - 79 followed by 95 - suggests he has come of age at the highest level as he twice left the England attack with little idea of how to remove him. It took a great catch in the first and an ill-judged charge in the second to bring his downfall. Given some of the frailties elsewhere in the order Rahim is suited to a position higher up, but for now at least he seems set to stay at No. 7. For the good of Bangladesh it might benefit them in the long term if he gives up the wicketkeeping gloves and slots in at No. 4.

Team news

Bangladesh have confirmed two changes, with pace bowler Shafiul Islam replacing the disappointing Shahadat Hossain, while Jahurul Islam will make his debut in the middle order in place of Aftab Ahmed. The onus will be on Bangladesh's spinners to have more of an impact than they managed in the first Test.

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Jahurul Islam, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 8 Naeem Islam, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

England are likely to stick with an unchanged team, which means no spin support for Graeme Swann after his 10-wicket haul in Chittagong. Cook has virtually guaranteed that the seven batsmen will remain, so if a change is made then it will be Finn who would make way now that Stuart Broad has recovered from illness.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Michael Carberry, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions

Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, said he expected a little more life in this surface but it is likely to remain heavily in favour of the batsmen. A touch more bounce would please everyone - except, perhaps, the home side's batsmen - and the spinners will be hoping for more help from the footmarks. Temperature wise it will be hot again, with the mercury hitting the high 30s on most days.

Stats and Trivia

  • Bangladesh's second innings at Chittagong was their fourth-longest at 124 overs.
  • Junaid Siddique became the fourth Bangladesh batsman to score their maiden Test hundred this year following on from Mushfiqur Rahim against India and Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan against New Zealand.

  • Siddique's 106 was also Bangladesh's fifth-longest Test innings in terms of balls faced.


"We bowled, I think, nine maidens in 145 overs [138.3]. It's ridiculous, and it's not good enough. Test cricket should be a game where you have to work a lot harder for your runs, but we couldn't bowl one side of the wicket, and when we wanted to bowl at the wickets we couldn't do that either."
Jamie Siddons doesn't pull any punches when assessing Bangladesh's bowling in the first Test.

"They were probably very close to the mark and Swanny has apologised, but we want to play hard, aggressive cricket and our disciplinary record over the last couple of years has been exceptional."
Alastair Cook wants his team to maintain an aggressive approach.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Munir on March 20, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Hopefully the test debutant will make a bit of a difference in the top order of BD. I think Tamim need to control himself emotionally while on the crease, and more careful about his shot selection. Regardless of your batting style, you should respect the form of cricket you are playing. You shouldn't try to send everything beyond boundary when you are playing test. Also Shakib Al Hasan needs to be more sensible on the crease and respect the ball that deserves respect. Would be nice to replace Razzak with Shuvo, who is an all-rounder like Mahmudullah and that would give the tigers a better hope in the lower order. I hope Tigers will prove themselves in this match. I really do..

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    I agree with others Shahadat is better than Rubel,Shakib need to hold himself in the crease.Good luck Tigers!We will get win if you don't give your wicket away.. Go Tigers go....

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    heres how i want the batting order to be, lets say Johurul and junaid isnt permanent members in the team so,

    1.tamim 2. Kayes 3. Mushfiq 4. mahmudullah 5 Shakib 6 Naeem

    this should be the order technically, but then i dont know where to place junaid, johurul and Ashraful when he gets back. But the above order seems perfect because Bangladesh right now needs a solid start in the top order and it gets really difficult to fix a early collapse later on.

  • mohammad on March 19, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    good luck for johirul islam.but i dont understand about selection. i think enamul hoque is better test bowler than abddur razzak specially in the home ground.good decision aftab ahmed is not playing at last.i think he is not suitable for test cricket at all. all the best tigers***

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    I'm very happy to see Jahurul coming into the side, Bangladesh need a player who can hang around and stick with the batsmen, and he's more valuable because at the same time he can score, hopefully he brings his domestic form to the international circuit. Bangladesh, also, need to revamp their bowling side, their fast bowlers just don't have the penetration, and dropping Shahadat, arguably their most successful test fast bowler in recent times, wasn't a great move.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I agree with Ehsan about Rubel Hossain. Rubel is the worst bowler I have seen in a Bangladesh team. He has poor line and length. He also has a poor run-up and a poorer way of delivering the ball. The worst thing is he never has or had any control of the ball. The run-rate agains him in test match is worse than the one dayers. Rubel should be removed as soon as possible. Shahadat should have been in the team with Shafiul.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Good Luck Bangladesh.... I can't wait to see Tamim's batting.... hitting the ball all over the place... Go Tigers Go..

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    I really do not understand Bangladesh's batting order. Are the coach and captain dumb or what! All the guys who can really bat are batting in the wrong order, I think this is the only reason for Bangladesh's failure. In both forms the batting initially collupses and later recovers becz Bangladesh has wrong players in positions 2, 3 & 4. I suggest the following order of batting: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mahmudullah, 3 Mushfiqur Rahim , 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Imrul Kayes , 6 Jahurul Islam , 7 Junaid Siddique, 8 Naeem Islam, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain. I think this batting order will make Bangladesh a more competitive side. Bangladesh will no longer collapse within first phase of the game and then trying to recover from collapse for the rest of the game. last 10 yrs team average age was 23, where are the more experienced elder players? why they were alienated? is the board favouring certain players? some players are in the national side although they do not deserve to be.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Why is Rubel Hossain been selected again? I have completely lost faith in his bowling after his disappointing showing on each and every test. Shahadat Hossain should have been retained instead of the disappointing Rubel Hosain.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Best of luck for Bangladesh. Allah will be with hard worker. Try the best, result will speak for yours.

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