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England v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street

England name unchanged side

Cricinfo staff

June 2, 2005

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England have named an unchanged team for the second Test against Bangladesh, which starts at Chester-le-Street tomorrow (Friday, June 3), following their innings-and-261-run win at Lord's. After that comfortable victory England will again be expecting a maximum of just over two days' work in Graham Thorpe's 100th Test, barring any intervention from the fickle north-eastern weather.

All eyes will be on Steve Harmison as he performs in front of his home crowd, and one thing is certain: homesickness will not be a problem for him. Gareth Batty will be hoping for a more active Test than he experienced at Lord's, where he was not required to bat or bowl. He may get to the crease in this match, but as far as bowling goes, it could be another quiet game for Batty.

Jon Lewis again misses out on a Test debut, but England's pace attack will be targeting an improved performance, now they have some overs under their belts. Michael Vaughan highlighted the first ten overs of the Lord's Test - when Bangladesh managed to put on 31 for the first wicket, helped by a lot of no-balls - as the one time when they were not at their best.

England 1 Marcus Trescothick, 2 Andrew Strauss, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Ian Bell, 5 Graham Thorpe, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Geraint Jones (wk), 8 Gareth Batty, 9 Matthew Hoggard, 10 Simon Jones, 11 Stephen Harmison.

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