This series will be a test of character for England – another fortnight of shuttling between Dhaka and Chittagong – and a test of their reserves, as their fast bowling resources have drained away with injuries; the inevitable result of making England play all year round, as if the ECB didn't already know. But the two Tests won't be a proper test of cricket skills: for England it will be like an exam in which you are given an occasional look at the answers.
This is a mix-and-match bunch, although there's nothing wrong with Alastair Cook that couldn't be solved by simply not letting him play again until he's in his mid-thirties. Cook is a peculiar contradiction a young, thrusting, handsome, baseball-capped arthritic nurdler. It feels wrong.