England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's May 26, 2010

Buoyant England switch their focus

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Match facts

Thursday May 27, 2010
Start time 11.00am (10.00GMT)

Big Picture

Less than two weeks after securing the World Twenty20 crown in Barbados England's focus has returned to Test cricket. After soaking up their success, a visit to Downing Street and the Player of the Year dinner it's back to the serious business with minds and bodies needing to adjust to the five-day game.

It is a very different England side that will take the field on Thursday to the one that was chasing Paul Collingwood around the Kensington Oval. For starters the Twenty20 captain isn't there, having been rested along with Stuart Broad, and six of the likely starters at Lord's weren't in the Caribbean while a seventh, James Anderson, was a drinks carrier. Andrew Strauss is back to lead the side for the first time since January after sitting out the Bangladesh tour as is his understudy Alastair Cook who led the squad on that trip.

This short series should be a formality and the onus is very much on building - and maintaining - momentum during the season ahead of next winter's Ashes series. The squad rotation is with a view to finding out about a few younger players with Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn at the head of that list as Andy Flower adds to his options.

England were made to work hard for their success in Bangladesh, but on home soil will be expecting less resistance from the tourists. The visitors' warm-up form has been poor with a heavy defeat against England Lions last week and Shakib Al Hasan has been laid up with chicken pox. This tour has to be viewed as another learning experience for the team and they are going to have to adjust to foreign conditions if they want to be a force in the world game.

Given the low expectations taking the games to five days would class as a success for Bangladesh, but if there is any help on offer for England's attack even that may prove too much. Four years ago they were beaten before lunch on the third day and they'll want to give a better account of themselves this time.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

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Watch out for...

Eoin Morgan has made his name in the limited-overs game with a series of matchwinning innings in 50- and 20-over matches. That composure has been enough to earn him a Test chance despite a disappointing first-class record where he averages 36. Flower has clearly seen something he likes. The challenge for Morgan is to focus his energy into building long innings, although two matches against Bangladesh won't push him to his limits. With Collingwood likely to return to face Pakistan this could be a brief window for Morgan to stake his Ashes claims.

Such is the desire to play at Lord's for visiting cricketers that Tamim Iqbal will battle the pain barrier to line up on Thursday. But beyond his personal drive to savour headquarters he is also vital to any chance Bangladesh have of making a sustained contest out of this Test. He was the stand-out performer when the two sides met earlier this year and if he can continue that form in foreign conditions his reputation will be further enhanced.

Team news

Although this would be a good chance to experiment with five bowlers, it seems likely England will stick to their preferred route of a batting-heavy line-up which means a debut for Morgan ahead of Ajmal Shahzad. A host of Test specialists return, including the under-pressure Jonathan Trott at No.3, while Matt Prior will want to quieten speculation over his place.

England (probable) 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Andeson, 11 Steven Finn

Shakib has recovered from chicken pox and Tamim will play despite his wrist injury with both vital to Bangladesh's hopes. Given concerns over how their batting will respond, it is no surprise they are packing the top order. Mohammad Ashraful returns and Jahurul Islam, who made an unbeaten 58 against the Lions, also plays which means Mushfiqur Rahim is down at No. 8. There is no place for left-arm spinner Abdul Razzak so Shakib can expect plenty of overs.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Jahurul Islam, 5 Mohammad Ashraful, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 9 Rubiul Islam, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Shahadat Hossain

Pitch and conditions

The recent heatwave in London has abated to be replaced by more normal conditions with sunny intervals and cloud. England's pace attack won't mind overhead conditions to help them and there is a chance of some rain during the weekend. The pitch is rarely a concern at Lord's and a pacey track is expected which should encouraged batsmen and bowlers who are good enough to take advantage.

Stats and Trivia

  • England remain the only Full Member nation never to have lost an international match against Bangladesh
  • During the 2005 Test at Lord's, Bangladesh were dismissed for 108 and 159 as England romped to an innings-and-261-run victory

  • Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh wicketkeeper, made his debut in that match but played as a batsman only, while Shahadat Hossain also made his first appearance and went for 101 in 12 overs.

Quotes

"The success we've had over the last 12 months has been built around hard work and graft and I think we need to take that to the next level."
Andrew Strauss is determined not to take anything for granted against Bangladesh

"I'm really excited to play at Lord's in a Test match. It will be a dream come true and I really want to play, because I don't know when I'll get another chance."
Nothing will stop Tamim Iqbal playing at Lord's - even a wrist that requires surgery

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • on May 27, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Morgan has got a real opportunity..........hope he delivers

  • Veeray on May 27, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I hope bangladesh wil nt have to play against 13english players.{remembr wt hapend,wn england were in bangladesh}

  • Veeray on May 27, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Luk out for mushfiq & shakib....

  • on May 27, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    i can not believe the existence of a cricket lover who thinks England should or could declare 0/0...........unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! listen all English fan ..............this team is only 10 years old; which is quite a short time to learn test cricket.....while England playing cricket for good 250 years.....and if I have to make a comparison at all England should not play cricket at all.....it is the subcontinent who lives the game not you may be we are #10 but we have big future....where 60% of your population dont even know about it......shame!!!

  • vulpecula on May 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    We will be listening to the Test on TMS, and myself and the lads are having a sweep on how many overs of the Test match have been bowled before J. Agnew mentions that half-a-day slogging pub-league garbage that was played earlier this month. My bet is the first over.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on May 27, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    As long as Bell's in the team England should be able to continue their unique record against Bangladesh. He is quite good at whipping the weaker teams. Come the big boys he can go back to being wrapped up and put on the top shelf in the dressing room.

  • on May 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    I think Tamims decision to play at lords will be harmful for Bangladesh.

  • Mazir on May 27, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Totally agreed with Baundele....Umpires and team management are the Bangladesh's real opponent in this game...Imrul kayes is totally flop in all da last three series and so on this tour...But I am 100% sure team management will give him another chance in this match..Aftab Ahmed has good records against England..his carrer best 82 is against this opponent...

    and umpires...They are the whorst nightmares of Bangladesh nowdayz...England win the last 2 ODI in da recent series is only for the umpires..Morgan was lbw two times when his score was under 20 in that 2nd match

  • Sajjad_Hussain on May 27, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Hope to see a contest (not just another round of grinding)! English team is at its peak if they can hold their place it will be enough but if they loose their place somehow (not expected by many) then they will not stop at anywhere till the bottom.

  • D.S.A on May 27, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    @ Alex Ferguson: Yeah, but firstly, there are probably more Rohit Sharma's in the world that may be able to represent other countries, albeit none as well known as the one I mentioned, so I was just making it transparent. Secondly, the most important thing is the point I was making, not the mistake that I may have made, and it appears the point seems to have been missed by you.

  • on May 27, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Morgan has got a real opportunity..........hope he delivers

  • Veeray on May 27, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I hope bangladesh wil nt have to play against 13english players.{remembr wt hapend,wn england were in bangladesh}

  • Veeray on May 27, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Luk out for mushfiq & shakib....

  • on May 27, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    i can not believe the existence of a cricket lover who thinks England should or could declare 0/0...........unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! listen all English fan ..............this team is only 10 years old; which is quite a short time to learn test cricket.....while England playing cricket for good 250 years.....and if I have to make a comparison at all England should not play cricket at all.....it is the subcontinent who lives the game not you may be we are #10 but we have big future....where 60% of your population dont even know about it......shame!!!

  • vulpecula on May 27, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    We will be listening to the Test on TMS, and myself and the lads are having a sweep on how many overs of the Test match have been bowled before J. Agnew mentions that half-a-day slogging pub-league garbage that was played earlier this month. My bet is the first over.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on May 27, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    As long as Bell's in the team England should be able to continue their unique record against Bangladesh. He is quite good at whipping the weaker teams. Come the big boys he can go back to being wrapped up and put on the top shelf in the dressing room.

  • on May 27, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    I think Tamims decision to play at lords will be harmful for Bangladesh.

  • Mazir on May 27, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Totally agreed with Baundele....Umpires and team management are the Bangladesh's real opponent in this game...Imrul kayes is totally flop in all da last three series and so on this tour...But I am 100% sure team management will give him another chance in this match..Aftab Ahmed has good records against England..his carrer best 82 is against this opponent...

    and umpires...They are the whorst nightmares of Bangladesh nowdayz...England win the last 2 ODI in da recent series is only for the umpires..Morgan was lbw two times when his score was under 20 in that 2nd match

  • Sajjad_Hussain on May 27, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Hope to see a contest (not just another round of grinding)! English team is at its peak if they can hold their place it will be enough but if they loose their place somehow (not expected by many) then they will not stop at anywhere till the bottom.

  • D.S.A on May 27, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    @ Alex Ferguson: Yeah, but firstly, there are probably more Rohit Sharma's in the world that may be able to represent other countries, albeit none as well known as the one I mentioned, so I was just making it transparent. Secondly, the most important thing is the point I was making, not the mistake that I may have made, and it appears the point seems to have been missed by you.

  • RSG476 on May 27, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Wishing Bangladesh all the best for the series. One a related note, can you imagine what the British press would have done had the English captain come down with chicken pox in Bangladesh ? One can well imagine the tons of newsprint that would have been spent on lamenting the state of a "third world" country that caused such infections to happen to visiting cricketing teams and their captains. From a cricket perspective, it would be interesting to see how the seamers from Bangladesh do. While I wish them the best, I do not see the batsmen doing very well in the 1st half of the English summer. Best of luck to Bangladesh

  • TaMjiD on May 27, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Bangladesh will Rock the english's...who think u can't play as well as they...

  • Percy_Fender on May 27, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    It seldom pays to be cocky or pompous after just one horse turns up winner in a long card of 13 races. While all neutral cricket lovers are happy that England won the 20/20 World Cup, it must be remembered that it has taken a long long time coming. The Ashes win last year too was not something so runaway that would cause many fence sitters to cross over to the English side. It is in this context that the views expressed by some people are pretty amusing. I have no doubt that England will win against Bangladesh and probably, Pakistan as well this season. But it must be remembered that very few teams do well in England more so in the first half of the summer. Every team does'nt have bowlers like Magrath and Warne, Marshalland Holding. So usually England wins on their cabbage patch. Since the Ashes is their psychological benchmark I hope England are able to get a decent start against Bangladesh. Too much ridicule is never right. Things go terribly wrong at times.

  • plmx on May 27, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    I continue to be amazed that Ashraful, an erstwhile child prodigy who has remained a child prodigy some 10 years later and well into his mid 20s, who barely averages in the double figures in all forms of the game in recent years, still gets considered for test matches. For a test playing nation languishing at the bottom of the table, an astonishing lack of talent pool from which to pick new and better players. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for Bangladesh Cricket and as the call grows for demotion from test status any light will only prove to be an oncoming train.

  • on May 27, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    This going to be a slughtering for Bangladesh. I'm petrified to watch. With the likes of Imrul at the top of the orde, this team is a goner.

  • akabir77 on May 27, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    excuse me! what did england did for last 100 years? oh yeah they won a T/20 which no one gives a crap about. btw for your info they bairly won the series in bangladesh with the help of two blind umpairs... again we get asoka for this one too. come without your umps and cheating (claiming catches from the ground) and then post your comments about declairing on 0/0

  • Toreador on May 27, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    If England win the toss the should elect to bat but declare straight away at 0/0. Just give your batters one chance to make a decent score and force your bowlers to bowl out of their skins. If they really want to prepare for the winter ashes down under they should put as much pressure on their younger players as possible. If they bat second then they should declare 100 runs behind Bangladesh (if Bd get to 100, that is).

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on May 27, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Imrul kayes should be out of team. Shamsur rehman deserve an opportunity.

  • on May 27, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    As long as Kayes and Shahdat are there, BD has no chance, especially Kayes' total number of ducks supersede his actual runs-such waste of spots.

  • on May 26, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    DSA, isn't Rohit Sharma Inidia's Rohit Sharma?

  • Baundele on May 26, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    England team is pretty ordinary. But it all depends on the approach of the Bangladesh team and of course how much help England gets from the umpires. Siddons and the umpires are Bangladesh's most worry.

  • on May 26, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    I am absolutely cheering for Bangladesh. They have a challenge ahead but I think they can handle it. Shakib Al Hasan has been a great captain, performer and motivator for his young side. I wish them the best. England's cocky attitude towards other playing nations is really pathetic. They are not even close to be a top-rated side.

  • maninthewoods on May 26, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    england is going to lose this game badly..................I am joking................

  • on May 26, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    To be honest, English team is very strong at the moment. If Bangladesh plays well, I will be more than happy. Looking forward to see some good innings from Tamim n Ashraful.

  • demon_bowler on May 26, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim should have been moved up the order, not down! He is a fine strokemaker but he has more defensive technique than some of the other batsmen.

  • on May 26, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    who selected imrul to play an important match.he's given ample of chances and he made mockery of them. it's better to replace him by uncapped player shamsur rahman. at least shamsur can experience or show an upset like ashraful and jahrul. why shafiul is not chosen in X1 . an experienced player who already played with england in bd is not given a chance-he's capable of batting as well selectors need to revise their choice

  • on May 26, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    i am very sure that imrul kayes will be very much flop in this match and the next test match shamsur rahman will replace him.good luck bangladesh

  • sawn on May 26, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    go tigers.............play for the pride..............

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Moshfiq should come in 4 or 5th this not fair for him. his a gr8 test cricketer

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Bangladesh is gonna be rolled over by English...shame test cricket is made of mockery here

  • D.S.A on May 26, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    It's disrespectful to a whole nation if a country "rests" players, regardless of the number or who it is against. England aren't even a consistently good test-playing nation and being 5th justifies that, yet after 1 tournament, they feel confident enough to rest players. I wonder if Bangladesh win the 1st Test match convincingly, will Collingwood and Broad, if they are not injured, return to the team?...If so, what about the so-called importance of resting players? Contradiction will hopefully occur. Also, how does Morgan leap-frog county players who have a good season? Is there any point of playing county cricket if you can be overlooked for players that do o.k for the country in a different format? It's funny how Carberry gets minimal opportunities in the test team, yet IAN BELL IS THERE YET AGAIN. He's a genuine under-performer, so they should stop picking him. He's India's Rohit Sharma, constantly getting opportunities for no justifiable reason, even after being dropped.

  • cairo on May 26, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Best wish for our teamside Bd Tiger. England is better than us but it also true that our team is progressing and we have enough power to fight against host. I will ask to ICC please make sure to the real umpering. I will ask to cricinfo- please make upload more photo from tiger side. Our drem is tamim will perform well, Sakib will best performer of tournament, Johrul Islam will best new face, Mahmudullah and Moshfiq will return in perform. Englan may Win test, but if tiger can bring it in 5th day than tiger's speen can ror. Go Tiger Go. Allah with you.

  • S.N.Singh on May 26, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I am pretty concern about England to shape up to Bangladesh Bowling. Bangladesh has a very good bowling side. Bangladesh batting being new to the English condition will have to adopt themselves. It will be a good match up.

  • on May 26, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Good luck Tamim! You will need lot of it especially with the wrist injury that is keeping you out.

  • asadkum on May 26, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...... Weather adjustment may be a bit problem for Bangladesh team.....But they have potentials.... if play with confidence -- it gonna be a good fight !!! They should play their normal game --- forget about stats and play for win..... Mohammad Ashraful has only one problem - temperment, after 15-20 minutes he used to lose his patience .....I guess in every 15 minutes somebody should remind him 'it is a test match'.... The Bangladesh team looks balanced.....hope for the best ....Good Luck...

    Mohammad Asad from USA.....

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  • asadkum on May 26, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA...... Weather adjustment may be a bit problem for Bangladesh team.....But they have potentials.... if play with confidence -- it gonna be a good fight !!! They should play their normal game --- forget about stats and play for win..... Mohammad Ashraful has only one problem - temperment, after 15-20 minutes he used to lose his patience .....I guess in every 15 minutes somebody should remind him 'it is a test match'.... The Bangladesh team looks balanced.....hope for the best ....Good Luck...

    Mohammad Asad from USA.....

  • on May 26, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Good luck Tamim! You will need lot of it especially with the wrist injury that is keeping you out.

  • S.N.Singh on May 26, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I am pretty concern about England to shape up to Bangladesh Bowling. Bangladesh has a very good bowling side. Bangladesh batting being new to the English condition will have to adopt themselves. It will be a good match up.

  • cairo on May 26, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Best wish for our teamside Bd Tiger. England is better than us but it also true that our team is progressing and we have enough power to fight against host. I will ask to ICC please make sure to the real umpering. I will ask to cricinfo- please make upload more photo from tiger side. Our drem is tamim will perform well, Sakib will best performer of tournament, Johrul Islam will best new face, Mahmudullah and Moshfiq will return in perform. Englan may Win test, but if tiger can bring it in 5th day than tiger's speen can ror. Go Tiger Go. Allah with you.

  • D.S.A on May 26, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    It's disrespectful to a whole nation if a country "rests" players, regardless of the number or who it is against. England aren't even a consistently good test-playing nation and being 5th justifies that, yet after 1 tournament, they feel confident enough to rest players. I wonder if Bangladesh win the 1st Test match convincingly, will Collingwood and Broad, if they are not injured, return to the team?...If so, what about the so-called importance of resting players? Contradiction will hopefully occur. Also, how does Morgan leap-frog county players who have a good season? Is there any point of playing county cricket if you can be overlooked for players that do o.k for the country in a different format? It's funny how Carberry gets minimal opportunities in the test team, yet IAN BELL IS THERE YET AGAIN. He's a genuine under-performer, so they should stop picking him. He's India's Rohit Sharma, constantly getting opportunities for no justifiable reason, even after being dropped.

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Bangladesh is gonna be rolled over by English...shame test cricket is made of mockery here

  • on May 26, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Moshfiq should come in 4 or 5th this not fair for him. his a gr8 test cricketer

  • sawn on May 26, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    go tigers.............play for the pride..............

  • on May 26, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    i am very sure that imrul kayes will be very much flop in this match and the next test match shamsur rahman will replace him.good luck bangladesh

  • on May 26, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    who selected imrul to play an important match.he's given ample of chances and he made mockery of them. it's better to replace him by uncapped player shamsur rahman. at least shamsur can experience or show an upset like ashraful and jahrul. why shafiul is not chosen in X1 . an experienced player who already played with england in bd is not given a chance-he's capable of batting as well selectors need to revise their choice