England in Bangladesh: report cards for the players who drew the Test series

England won the first Test and Bangladesh won the second as Alastair Cook struggled for a plan, Steven Finn toiled and Gary Ballance seemed anxious

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

With his record on the subcontinent, not many would have predicted that England’s captain would be dismissed three times by a teenager, but Mehedi Hasan’s impeccable line and length on “spin or skid” pitches proved too much, even for Cook. There were signs that he was finding his celebrated batting rhythm in the second innings at Dhaka, when the four balls went to the boundary and his strike rotating pushes and prods kept the scoreboard moving. As captain, he never seemed to know quite what to do with his bowlers, for whom he needed a couple more fielders due to their inability to bowl one side of the wicket. He was clearly dissatisfied with his spinners but was curiously reluctant to go to Chris Woakes, who bowled just 25 overs in the series at an economy rate well under three.

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