Siddons hopeful about Shakib's fitness

A pumped-up Shakib Al Hasan after picking up a wicket AFP

Bangladesh are hoping their captain Shakib Al Hasan recovers quickly from chickenpox so that he can be out of quarantine by the time the first Test against England begins at Lord's on May 27. Shakib missed Bangladesh's tour game against England Lions, which the hosts won by nine wickets.

Jamie Siddons, Bangladesh's coach, was positive that his captain would play. "He's [Shakib] much better. He bowled and batted today [Saturday] and walked some laps," he told AFP. "I'm pretty confident he's pacing himself well and will definitely be putting his hand up to play. That's good news for us because he's an integral part of our line-up and balances our team out nicely."

Siddons hoped for a "really good performance" from Bangladesh at Lord's. "We've played good Test cricket over the last six months and pushed England in Bangladesh and hopefully, all things being even, we will play really well at Lord's."