England’s Bangladesh debutants hope to fare better than unlikely 2003 trio

Whichever England players are handed their debuts in Thursday’s first Test would do well to remember that a good start can sometimes count for little

Alastair Cook, contemplating the prospect of seven Tests in 62 days, has spoken of a “mountain to climb” – a fair analogy given the prospect of turning pitches in India and the twitching fingers of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. In which case England are currently in the foothills as they begin their expedition in Chittagong.

This is England’s third Test here and their second in this stadium. The start of this campaign, however gruelling it may be, must trigger great anticipation and hope, especially among those new to Test cricket. Like the glorious sight of fresh snow on a winter’s morning nothing has been sullied yet. Optimism abounds.

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