Bangladesh must be confident of going into test series against England after showing consistency and improvement as never witnessed before in their cricketing history. The last time the side played was against South Africa in October in a two match series at home. England on the other hand will see Alastair Cook slot back into the side as the captain to lead the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow into the series.
Bangladesh can never not ruled out of the games played at home as they do possess good spinners that can cause lot of trouble for opposition batsmen if there is surface is turning square. Mushfiqur Rahim will lead the side who will out to prove himself in the series as batsman also due to his mixed performances in recent times. Tamim Iqbal is tipped to the main guy to put runs on the board as he has done well in test cricket out of the current lot playing for Bangladesh. Shakib-ul-Hasan is side’s premier all-rounder who provides balance to the side with being equally good with bat and ball.
The spin department has Tajiul Islam as well the inclusion of players like Mehedi Hasan and Shuvagata Hom for the series. England recently had a lot of trouble with frail middle order as witnessed in the series played at home against Pakistan. There seems to be over-reliance on Alastair Cook and Joe Root to do bulk of scoring as there have been changes in the middle order from time to time in past few months. Gary Ballance looks to have kept his place by a thread on the tour but a bad one could be the certain departure from the side as youngster like Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed could make way into the lineup after being picked in the squad.
England will be led by Stuart Broad in terms of bowling resources as he will supported by Chris Woakes, Jake Ball and Steven Finn. The spin resources include Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Gareth Batty.
The sides come into the series with lots of changes in the squads so it will be interesting to see how the contest pans out in the two games.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nurul Hasan.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes,Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Duckett, Steven Finn,