Bangladesh v England: A look back on 2003 and 2010 Test tours
Nasser bags a duck, Batty makes his debut, and captain Cook stars...
By David Currie
Last Updated: 18/10/16 12:34pm
England are back in Bangladesh for a first Test series in six years, and only a third since their hosts earned Test status in 2000.
England have won all four of their previous Tests in Bangladesh, but are set to find the going much tougher in the upcoming two match series, which starts on Thursday, on Sky Sports 2 from 4.30am.
Before things get underway in Chittagong though, here's a closer look at those first four Tests, which included a duck for Nasser, a debut for Gareth Batty, and nine in the match for Richard Johnson!
First Test, Dhaka, 2003; England win by seven wickets
An England team with Batty and Rikki Clarke earning Test debuts were made to work hard for a first Test win in Bangladesh by their hosts. But Steve Harmison at peak form - who a few months later would take 7-12 to skittle the West Indies out for 47 - starred with a nine-for in the match, five of which helped bowl out Bangladesh for 203 in their first innings.
Marcus Trescothick then hit 113 - putting on 137 for the first wicket with Michael Vaughan (48) - to add to the tourists' dominance. But England didn't have things all their own way; Vaughan, and Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain for ducks, were all dismissed by left-arm-spinner Mohammad Rafique in a three-over spell.
England earned only a 92-run first innings lead which was swiftly evaporated for the loss of only one wicket as Hannan Sarkara (59) and Habibul Bashar (58) both struck fifties to have the visitors briefly rattled. But Harmison came to the rescue again, and England were left with 164 to chase, which they managed for the loss of three wickets; skipper Vaughan (81no) seeing them home.
Johnson takes nine
Second Test, Chittagong, 2003; England win by 329 runs
Batty - having only taken two wickets on his Test bow - was left out for the second Test, while Harmison was also forced to miss out through injury. As a result, England again dished out another Test debut; Martin Saggers earning a first of three caps, while Richard Johnson came in and suitably filled the nine-for shaped hole left behind by Harmison.
England were put into bat first by Bangladesh, but once again Trescothick (60) and Vaughan (54) shared a century stand to provide the perfect platform. Hussain made amends for his lack of runs in the first Test, with 76, while Clarke struck a first Test fifty, as England posted 326 - Mashrafe Mortaza taking 4-60.
Johnson took 5-49 in reply, while Saggers (2-29) and Clarke (2-7) chipped in with two apiece as Bangladesh were bowled out for 152. Hussain (95) was again the star turn in England's second innings, though he fell five short of a well-deserved century, but with Bangladesh set a hugely improbable 468 to win, Johnson took four more to send England on their way to an emphatic win.
Captain Cook hits century
First Test, Chittagong, 2010; England win by 181 runs
In his first Test as England captain - covering for the rested Andrew Strauss - Alastair Cook cracked a glorious 173. New opening partner, Michael Carberry, could only manage 30 on Test debut, but Paul Collingwood (145) also hit a hundred, and Kevin Pietersen 99 - denied a ton by that old enemy of his - left-arm-spin - when bowled by Abdur Razzak - as England amassed 599-6 declared in their first innings.
Steve Finn, on debut, took a first Test wicket, picking up Shahadat Hossain at second slip, but it was Graeme Swann who stole the show, taking his first of two five-fors in the match - as Bangladesh were bowled out for 296. It could have been far fewer too, but for some battling half centuries from Tamim Iqbal (86), Mahmudullah (51) and Mashfiqur Rahim (79).
England declared on 209-7 after a search for quick runs in their second innings, setting the hosts 513 to win. And while Junaid Siddique (106) struck a first, and last, Test ton, and Mushfiqur again frustrated the England attack with 95 lower-order runs, Bangladesh never truly threatened their target.
Bell denies Bangladesh
Second Test, Dhaka, 2010; England win by nine wickets
England found the going much tougher in the second Test, with Bangladesh putting 419 runs worth of scoreboard pressure onto England in their first innings - Tamim again impressing with 85.
With Carberry discarded after just one Test, England experimented with Jonathan Trott as opener. He hit 64, but the rest of the top order struggled as the tourists found themselves in a bit of trouble at 272-5. But 138 for Ian Bell - putting on 143 for the seventh wicket with Tim Bresnan, who struck a Test-best 91 - deflated the home side, gifting England a 77-run first innings lead.
Shakib followed up four wickets with 96 runs to lead the Bangladeshi charge in their second innings, though James Tredwell - on Test debut - took 4-82 to leave England with 209 to chase. Ending the series as he started it, captain Cook (109no) again stepped up, his second century seeing England to a nine-wicket win.
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