Tredwell's turn to impress

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Matt Prior & Ian Bell

Matt Prior watches Ian Bell catch Shamsur Rahman off James Tredwell as England excel with the ball on the opening day

James Tredwell put his name firmly in the frame for an England Test debut with six wickets on the first day of their warm-up match against Bangladesh A in Chittagong.

With Graeme Swann rested, Kent off-spinner Tredwell was the tourists' only specialist slow bowler on a turning track, and he obliged with superb figures of 6-95.

Raqibul Hasan ensured the home side were not bowled out for an even lower total at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, scoring 107 not out of their 202 all out after they won the toss.

But the gloss was taken off England's day somewhat as they slipped to 68 for three in the 17 overs possible before stumps, with Michael Carberry, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen the casualties.

Earlier, Steven Finn took two wickets in an over, less than 24 hours after arriving in Bangladesh, as an untested attack shorn of injured duo Stuart Broad and Graham Onions proved their mettle.

Ajmal Shahzad was handed the new ball alongside Tim Bresnan and struck with the final ball of the eighth over, Junaid Siddique fending to wicketkeeper Matt Prior after scoring 16 of the first 21 runs.

Bresnan bowled economically early on, while 20-year-old Finn showed character after his first ball in an England shirt was slashed to the third-man boundary by conceding just one further run from his next 3.5 overs.

James Tredwell

Off-spinner Tredwell, never less than willing to toss the ball up, bowled 27.3 overs for his fine 6-95 return on a first-day pitch

Shamsur Rahman was second man out, superbly caught for 21 by a diving Ian Bell at short-leg off Tredwell despite no obvious appeal from the bowler.

Raqibul showed confidence early on, striking Tredwell for a straight six, but Liam Plunkett returned to end Mehrab Hossain Jnr's dour knock of nine off 64 balls courtesy of an edge behind before lunch.

Mohammad Ashraful, looking for a score to put him back in the Test side, fell for one shortly after lunch, offering Bell another catch under the helmet as he attempted to work Tredwell to leg.

Tredwell shipped the occasional boundary as Bangladesh A attempted to get back into contention but he continued to toss the ball up and was rewarded with a third wicket when Shuvogoto Hom aimed a lofted drive down the ground.

Unfortunately for him, the 6ft 7in figure of Finn was stationed there and reached up to take a smart catch.

Saghir Hossain managed successive fours off Tredwell before he and Dolar Mahmud perished in quick succession – both were caught behind in one Finn over – but Raqibul continued unperturbed to register a deserved century.

Tredwell, who showed great stamina in bowling 27.3 overs in the heat, accounted for Noor Hossain and Syed Rasel after tea to complete his five-wicket haul, before last man Robiul Islam holed out to Pietersen.

Raqibul Hasan

Raqibul Hasan leads the Bangladesh A resistance with a dogged unbeaten 107 in a total of 202 after they won the toss © BCB

Carberry, another player making his senior England debut, was floored by a nasty blow to the box in the second over of their reply, and was gone moments later, lbw to Dolar.

Jonathan Trott, however, looked instantly assured, and 16 of his first 20 runs came in fours as he helped England past 50 inside 10 overs.

Captain Cook was also starting to find his feet, punching his third boundary through cover just before falling leg before to Robiul for 19.

Pietersen’s struggles this tour continued as he succumbed to a left-arm spinner once more, caught behind off Mehrab for two and leaving him with just 49 runs in six innings since arriving in Bangladesh.

At least Trott, in making an unbeaten 32, survived until the close alongside Bell.

Paul Collingwood, meanwhile, was rested for this game after having a cortisone injection in a shoulder. His availability for Friday's first Test is not thought to be in question.


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