England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 1st day May 27, 2010

Two Test caps, a paddywhack, & a bone of contention

Plays of the Day from the first day of England's Test match against Bangladesh at Lord's

Decision of the day

The Umpire Decision Review System - or rather, lack thereof - became a bone of Bangladeshi contention during their recent home series against England, with accusations of bias flying this way and that after a string of unfortunate umpiring errors. So far at Lord's, however, the only man to have any beef with the umpiring was the England captain on that trip, Alastair Cook, who was pinned lbw for 7 in a tricky morning session, despite replays showing that Shadahat Hossain's nippy delivery would have sailed over the top of middle stump. However, because of a lack of agreement between the ICC and the host broadcaster, Sky, no provision for reviews was made for this match, and so Cook was sent on his way.

Shot of the day

Andrew Strauss did not put himself forward for the recent World Twenty20 squad because, as he put it on the eve of the Lord's Test, "it's not a massive strength of mine to be whacking the ball straight back over the bowler's head". Maybe not, but he's not afraid to clear the ropes when the opportunity arises, as he showed with his second scoring shot of the match, a dismissive pull up and over midwicket when the debutant Robiul Islam dropped too short. Nevertheless, Craig Kieswetter needn't fear for his Twenty20 place just yet. Up until that stroke, Strauss had collected a solitary run in seven overs.

Bowling change of the day

Mahmudullah was one of four Bangladesh spinners when the teams last met in March, but a combination of his batting prowess and the seamer-friendly surface meant he was picked as Shakib Al Hasan's No. 2 for this match. But as at Chittagong, so at Lord's, he proved to be a promising partnership-breaker. After an exploratory over in the final minutes before lunch, Mahmudullah returned midway through the afternoon session, and struck with his fourth delivery, as Andrew Strauss chopped onto his stumps for 83, having just survived an appeal for a catch off his forearm.

Deja vu of the day

A Man of the Series performance in the World Twenty20 means that Kevin Pietersen's form is somewhat less of a national concern right now, and if he is suffering from sleepless nights, those are more likely to be courtesy of young Dylan Blake than any batting shortcomings. Nevertheless, in his last eight innings against Bangladesh, dating back to the ODI series in February and March, he has been dismissed on seven occasions, and on each and every occasion, a slow-left-armer has made the breakthrough.

Impact of the day

Eoin Morgan made a measured start to his Test career, picking off the singles and shelving the flashy strokes with which he's made his name in one-day cricket. But having nudged along to 6 from 20 balls, he climbed into a short ball from Mahmudullah - his first real shot in anger. Imrul Kayes, at short leg, barely had time to react as the ball crashed into the temple area of his helmet at a frightening rate of knots. Soon afterwards he was led, rather unsteadily, from the field, but as anyone who recalls the sad fate of Raman Lamba would know, the incident could have been much much worse. In February 1998, the helmet-less Lamba died from a similar blow, during a club match at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka.

Shot of the day Mk 2

Having suggested, before the match, that he might not play the "paddywhack" for a year in Test cricket, Morgan's natural urges took over after 27 deliveries of his five-day career. The ball, from Shakib, was on the line of off stump, so Morgan flipped his wrists, dropped to his knees and spanked it with impeccable timing through the gap at third man. The shot, he had also added, was all about weighing up the risks, and on this particular occasion, he surmised (correctly) that there were none.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    I was really surprised by Kevin Pietersen's shot selection. Is he thinking that Bangladeshi oppoents are too low key or is he still in T20 mode. Nevertheless, the one good thing for England is the run-rate quite close to 4 so that means they could declare halfway between lunch & tea?

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    croc_on_mara : 1 f dose 4 wickts (also hpnd 2 b d FIRST thus givin em an early advantag) ws a wrng decision ...

    So do u Bangladeshi fans c EVEN ONE ENGLISH FAN complain f d wrng decision dre team recievd ? Unlik a coupla mnths bk wn England thrashd Bangladesh n all u guys said tht f nt 4 d decisions u wud'v won d game HA AS IF ! Gud shw by England hpe Morgan goes on2 score a ton on his maiden at Lord's ! Wud b luvly ... Evn f t s against a below averag team

  • Reza on May 28, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    @auntu, dont say that, ahhhhaa Strauss is English captain, dont you know that. These commentators translate the glove into forearm because he is Strauss.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    I can't believe there is no umpire review system again for these two teams. Surely the UDRS should be either compulsory for all test matches, or not be used at all! Also is Stuart Broad injured? I've never seen Finn bowl, but would have thought Broad would get picked in front of Bresnan.

  • Sydney on May 27, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Everyone on this website was predicting that Bangladeshi team was not of international quality and will end up bleeding runs even in Bowling friendly overcast conditions and let England plunder more than 360 runs in a day. Thank God that these predictions did not come true and Bangla bowlers scared the Englsh batsmen in to submission. Any more proof that there should a B level international league consisting of Kenya, BD, Ireland, Netherlands , Pak and Canada?

  • Alex on May 27, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Could it be that KP keeps getting out to Bangladeshi slow left armers because most of Bangladesh's international bowlers are slow left armers...?

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    "...so Morgan flipped his wrists, dropped to his knees and spanked it with impeccable timing through the gap at third man."

    I'm sorry, but have you actually watched it? It's a massive top edge, quite obvious on the replays. Looking forward to seeing him live tomorrow though.

  • Auntu on May 27, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    That ball didn't struck at Strauss's forearm rather it was clear off his gloves.

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