Bangladesh is hosting England for two match Test series with the opening Test scheduled in Chittagong on 20th October. The tourists will be eyeing to steal the limelight and gear up before their tour to India. The Bengal Tigers are flying high in a home in cricket world since the World Cup last year. They have outclassed Pakistan, South Africa, India and Afghanistan at their home in the One Day International series. After winning six straight home series, they finally bowed out to England in the three-match ODI series.
The visitors, on the other hand, enjoyed successful bilateral series against Pakistan at their home. They secured to draw the Test series before crushing the Men in Green by 4-1 in ODI series.
Mustering it further, they recently managed to halt Bangladesh home winning streak after triumphing over them in the final decisive rubber. They were missing their ODI skipper Eoin Morgan and opener Alex Hales who skipped the tour due to security concerns. However, this gave way to youngsters who displayed exceptional skills in the three-match series.
Gareth Batty returned to England after 11 years whereas Haseeb Hamid, David Willey, and Ben Duckett debuted on the tour. Haseeb is in brilliant form in the domestic season which might earn him a spot in the Test squad for the visitors. He might get a chance to open with the Test skipper Alastair Cook who has joined the squad after the birth of his second child.
Joe Root and Johny Bairstow are expected to strengthen their side after performing with their bats. After the star pacer, James Anderson was ruled out for the tour, Mark Wood, Steven Finn, and Chris Woakes will be leading the pace attack.
The home side will be playing their first Test since their 0-0 draw against South Africa at their home in July last year. They are all geared up for the longer format but the last Test was played 15 months ago. Muhsfiqur Rahim and his men will be eyeing to carry their home form and they have the talent in their squad to take on any team in the world.
Mosharaf Hossain made an impact on his return from Afghanistan after eight years. He is expected to return to the squad against England. Tamim is their most experienced batsman and was the star opener for his side in the ODIs. He will be looking forward to carrying his rhythm in the longer format. Shakib Al Hassan also displayed brilliant all-rounder skills in the three ODIs. Bangladesh’s consistency will be tested at Chittagong as the longer format can either make or break the Tigers. England’s adjustment on the sub-continent conditions will also be tested in the opening Test.