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Anamul Haque & Josh Cobb

Josh Cobb hits out during his imperious knock for England U19. The hosts closed the first day on a commanding 422 for eight

Josh Cobb served notice of his outstanding promise as he hit an extraordinary double-century on the opening day of the first Test between England Under-19s and Bangladesh.

The 18-year-old Leicestershire right-hander spent five and a half hours at the crease as he complied a superlative 220 from 290 balls at Scarborough to help England to 422 for eight at the close of day one.

Cobb, who has a first-class hundred to his name, caressed 29 fours and four sixes during his mammoth innings, with fellow opener Jaik Mickleburgh also passing 50 as they put on 139 for the first wicket before the latter fell to Shabbir Rahman.

Wickets fell at regular intervals but Cobb - making his youth Test debut for England - was unabated in his appetite for scoring as he continued to make all nine bowlers in the visitors' attack toil.

Cobb was eventually out with the score reading 409 to Alauddin Babu, who, along with Rahman, was the pick of the Bangladesh attack with three wickets each.

Mominul Haque and Shaker Ahmed also picked up one wicket apiece but the day belonged firmly to England.

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