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  • 06 Aug
    导出博客文章England XI 137 for 4 (Duckett 59) drew with BCB XI 136 for 4 (Nafees 51)
    ScorecardOn the first day of their warm-up schedule, England were reminded that,
    for Thursdays first Test against Bangladesh, they must go one way or another at
    the top of the order. Sure, Ben Duckett or Haseeb Hameed is a choice between two
    precocious batsmen. But it is also a choice between two distinctive styles of
    play, two utterly different approaches.The scorecard tells the tale of the 84
    minutes Duckett and Hameed spent at the wicket together in their first outings
    in white kit for the national team. Each lived up to his billing.Ducketts method
    - encapsulated by some booming pulls that found their way across an allotment of
    an outfield - screams, whereas Hameeds whispers. The former quickly had a
    59-ball fifty studded with cuts and drives (scoring half of the 12 boundaries
    his team managed), the latter left everything he could and took 15 balls to get
    off the mark.In a game on Saturday that was reduced because of rain to a one-day
    match without a result, rendering it nothing more than middle practice, Duckett
    made another half-century, unbeaten this time, while Hameed was dismissed - by a
    spitting leg-break - for 16.Many in the camp have remarked that Hameed is
    reminiscent of Joe Root when he first emerged. Having not bulked up, the bat can
    turn in his hand upon impact and causes him to run lots of twos. Those who watch
    him regularly at Lancashire note how rarely the close fielders are left gasping
    or appealing: he oozes control.He is highly rated and already a popular presence
    in the group, but as elegant and poised as his 16 looked, it was still 16.
    Duckett has taken the first rubber; their battle will continue across a two-day
    game starting on Sunday. Stuart Broad, who had his first bowl of the tour as
    England toiled later on, has been impressed by both. Of Hameed, he said: Theres
    a really nice calm aura about him when hes practicing, and certainly in the
    middle, when Ive played against him twice this year. He knows his gameplan for
    such a young guy, and has been hugely impressive in the conditions so far.His
    assessment of Duckett was equally enthusiastic in its different way. Duckett
    scores in slightly different areas, hes quite awkward to bowl to and he sticks
    to his gameplan, he said. Hes had such a brilliant breakthrough year both in
    red-ball and white-ball cricket domestically and hes been brilliant in
    Bangladesh so far so his confidence is very high. You could see by the way he
    was striking the ball, to be hitting fours on this outfield was a good effort.If
    he is around, of course Alastair Cook opens. But Cook, who was in Bangladesh for
    acclimatisation purposes during the one-day series, has returned to England with
    his wifes birth of their second child imminent.For all the confidence from Cook
    and in the camp, there has to be a chance, given the paucity and duration of
    flights, that he does not make it back for Thursday mornings toss. That
    eventuality would mean that England would field two debutants at the top of the
    order for the first time since 1937, when Len Hutton and Jim Parks Jr made their
    bow, and a new captain, Root. Cook would also have to wait to overtake Alec
    Stewart as Englands most capped Test cricketer.There is more at work over the
    next two days than just the openers spot, though. Remarkably, the only certainty
    is that Root will bat No 3. It appears that Moeen Ali will be promoted to No 5,
    with Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to follow. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid will
    complete for an all-rounders spot, Stuart Broad will win his 99th cap, and
    Gareth Batty - at least for Chittagong, where it should be slow and low - looks
    likely to make up a three-seam, three spin attack.Which leaves No 4. Gary
    Ballance is the man in possession, and he made an unbeaten 27 - albeit slightly
    shakily - against a BCB XI in Chittagong on Saturday. Twenty-seven,
    coincidentally, is what he averaged against Pakistan on the return to the side
    in the summer. The fact that Alex Hales and James Vince are not to retain their
    places may work in Ballances favour, but he is fighting off competitors on two
    fronts.During the ODI series, eagerness to find a place - somewhere, anywhere -
    for Jos Buttler seemed to rise. The back-up keeper is in sensational touch, and
    boasts Trevor Bayliss as a major admirer, even if he lacks recent red-ball
    pedigree, but now the youngsters are in vogue; Paul Farbrace seemed excited by
    the idea of Duckett slotting into the middle order with Hameed opening.After
    Fridays play was cancelled due to a boggy outfield, Englands medical staff were
    unsure about the bowlers steaming in 24 hours later, and when their chance came,
    the bowlers struggled, waiting 43.4 overs for a wicket (with two batsmen
    retiring), at which point Batty took two in three balls. Two catches were
    dropped off the bowling of Zafar Ansari, while Broad and Steven Finn leaked
    runs.It is clear that the next two days, both for finding rhythm for the bowlers
    and piecing together a batting order, are increasingly vital for Englands trip
    to Bangladesh and the subsequent challenge in India.
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