Bangladesh blues just the start for England, India awaits

MUMBAI: If England’s struggles in Bangladesh are anything to go by, they could be in for an even rougher ride in India over the next couple of months when they take on the world’s number one side in a five-match series in similar spin-friendly conditions. England narrowly won the opening Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong by 22 runs before losing the second by 108 runs in Dhaka, their first defeat to the South Asian side in 10 Tests. Alastair Cook’s men looked well placed to maintain their perfect record against Bangladesh by reaching 100 without loss at tea while chasing 273, but lost all 10 wickets in the final session to lose inside three days. Bangladesh are ranked ninth among the world’s 10 Test playing nations and had won just seven of their 94 Tests before Sunday — five against minnows Zimbabwe and two against second-string West Indies sides.
Joe Root’s meagre average of 24.50 was the highest of England’s top five in the batting order in four innings in Bangladesh, with Cook, Ben Duckett and Moeen Ali all averaging in the low 20s while Gary Ballance could muster only 24 runs. “We showed our inexperience in these conditions,” Cook said after the defeat. “A lot of these guys have not played many Test matches and when that ball got rolling we found it very hard to stop.
“You lose a couple of wickets, then men come round the bat and the crowd get into it. Being able to deal with it and get through it is crucial.”
England, who will travel with the same squad, can expect more of the same in India.
Under Virat Kohli India have won their last four Test series, including a 3-0 win in a four-match contest against South Africa last year and the recent 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand at home.

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