- Bangladesh have not played any Test cricket since facing South Africa at home in July and August of 2015, when both matches in a two-game series ended as draws after being disrupted by the weather. They also drew a one-off match with India and lost a two-game series to Pakistan earlier in 2015.
- England were held to a 2-2 draw by Pakistan during their home season, having previously beaten Sri Lanka 2-0 and won 2-1 away in South Africa.
- England have won all eight of the Test matches they have played against Bangladesh, although the sides have not met since 2010.
It is hard to see Bangladesh providing too many problems for England, as their bowling attack in Test cricket lacks the penetration it has in the limited-overs game. Bangladesh’s best chance may be to try and put England under pressure with runs on the board, but a lack of first-class cricket in recent months for the majority of the squad will leave them vulnerable. Unless rain intervenes, England will fancy their chances of maintaining their perfect record against Bangladesh, and odds of 17/10 on a 2-0 series win look too good to ignore.
England’s seamers may not be relishing the prospect of playing on the sluggish pitches of Chittagong and Dhaka, but the batsmen will be licking their lips at potentially posting some huge totals. Joe Root and Alastair Cook understandably lead the betting to be England’s top run-scorer, but Ben Duckett may also be worth a shot at 9/2. The Northamptonshire youngster looks certain to make his debut and has shown a penchant for building long innings, having made scores of 282 not out, 208 and 185 during the summer and taken well to international cricket in the one-day leg of the tour.
Leg spinner Adil Rashid looks good value at 13/5 to be England’s top bowler, considering how much work the slow bowlers will have to do and his ability to run through the Bangladesh lower order. For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is the outstanding bowler and Mominul Haque might represent the best bet for top batter, with a wonderful Test average of 56 and recent experience of facing the red ball after missing the one-day series.
- Sports.net’s top tip: England to win 2-0 at 17/10
*Please note, odds may fluctuate before and during the series.