However, England were given a harsh reality check about how tough life will be on a winter which will see them negotiate seven Tests on the sub-continent in eight weeks.
Teenage off-spinner Mehedi Hasan made an immediate impression on his debut, bowling Ben Duckett for 14 before trapping Gary Ballance for one. He was finally out caught behind to off-spinner Gareth Batty who is playing his first Test in more than 11 years. Moeen, though, had managed to get in a big stride while prodding forward and ball tracking reveals the delivery would have spun wide of leg stump.
But after arriving back in Bangladesh on Monday night, Cook took part in nets on Tuesday at Chittagong´s MA Aziz Stadium as he looks to add to his formidable record on the spinning tracks of the Indian sub-continent.
Baby Boycott: The 22-year-old Duckett in particular has impressed in the build-up to the series and will most likely get the call after notching up his fourth half century in the last five innings in the final warm-up match.
Tamim was given out after being caught at slip but a review revealed the ball had struck his forearm, as the umpires’ woes continued.
England, who were once 21/3, recovered well to cross the 250-run mark on 1st day’s play. “They were dirty runs”.
Once the whipping boys of global cricket, Bangladesh’s performances in limited overs have earned them respect and they are no longer regarded as pushovers – especially on home turf.
Only Root looked comfortable against the spinners, hitting five crisp boundaries in his fluent knock before Mehedi dismissed him to end his 62-run stand with Moeen. I couldn’t figure out why. It can not be good for the nerves but the batsman was phlegmatic enough afterwards, when he reckoned that England were in a decent position at 258 for seven.
Mushfiqur, who skippers the side in Tests only, said when asked if the long break would be a factor: “If we start thinking about these things then we are going on the back foot”.
Former England women’s batter Ebony Rainford-Brent: “I thought Bangladesh might fold after Moeen took those two wickets before lunch but they batted well, particularly Tamim”.
Mehedi made a fantastic start to life as global cricketer, snaring five of England’s top seven, which included ending the resistance of Moeen and Bairstow in the final session. “You saw how Ben Stokes was able to bowl quick at the end of the day”.
Moeen and Bairstow stabilised the innings though before England’s top scorer edged Mehedi behind. Ali finally chose to up the ante and smashed a six and a four off Mehedi in the 50th over, by the end of which England were 140 for five.
And Taijul Islam rose to the occasion and delivered the wickets of Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid to the sheer delight of his teammates.
If Tamim and Mahmudullah were anxious on the resumption they did not show it and, while Moeen and Rashid exerted some early pressure, a couple of loose deliveries allowed the batsmen to settle.
However, this first day belonged to Bangladesh youngster Mahedi. (Joe) Root saved me on the other two.
But they have usually struggled to sustain the intensity over five days and the lack of experience in their pace attack also compromises their ability to take 20 wickets in a Test. I just knew the finger was going to go up every time. “It all happened because of Almighty Allah”.