Factbox on the first test between Bangladesh and England starting at Lord’s in London on Thursday.
Lord’s will stage three tests this year for only the second time in the ground’s 195-year history, including a match between Australia and Pakistan. Capacity 30,000.
HEAD TO HEAD
England have won each of their six tests against Bangladesh since 2003.
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hassan, 23. Left-handed batsman and slow, orthodox left-arm spinner, 1,127 runs @ 33.14, 67 wickets @ 31.82. Talented all-rounder, currently ranked number one in one-day internationals.
England – Andrew Strauss, 33. Left-handed opening batsman, 5,436 runs @ 43.48. Captained England to Ashes win over Australia last year after taking over from Kevin Pietersen. Returns to the side after missing the series in Bangladesh and the successful Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean.
WEATHER FORECAST: Fine and sunny for the first two days with showers developing over the weekend.
ODDS: England 1/10, Bangladesh 10/1, draw 6/1.
Bangladesh – Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mahbubul Alam, Robiul Islam.
England – Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss (captain), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Ajmal Shazhad.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Billy Bowden (New Zealand). Match referee: Alan Hurst (Australia).
Play starts 1000GMT.
(Compiled by John Mehaffey; Editing by Ed Osmond; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)