Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England's Top Three Perish as New Boys Shine Bright

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England's Top Three Perish as New Boys Shine Bright

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Byline: Tom Collomosse at Old Trafford

ENGLAND lost their top three batsmen before lunch as they struggled to make the most of pleasant conditions after winning the toss against Bangladesh at Old Trafford today.

The home side were in an ideal position to build a huge first-innings total after Andrew Strauss called correctly, but the England captain, Lord's double-centurion Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook all perished before the interval.

Bangladesh had made two changes to their team from Lord's, with Shafiul Islam and Abdur Razzak replacing Rubel Hossain and Robiul Islam, and the choices paid off as the new players shared the wickets.

Strauss was the first to go, with the score on 44. Having reached 21, the skipper pushed tentatively at a delivery from Shafiul that left his body slightly, and Imrul Kayes took the catch at second slip.

Strauss's departure brought Trott, whose lengthy pre-delivery routine is beginning to infuriate his opponents, to the crease. But after scoring 226 at Lord's, the Warwickshire batsman made only three before he was bowled through the gate by Shafiul.

Shafiul was bowling with such accuracy and menace that it seemed bizarre for him to have been left out for England's eight-wicket win at Lord's. Trott was replaced by Kevin Pietersen, who strode down the pavilion steps to a hearty cheer from the Old Trafford crowd, but there was more worry for England when Cook became the next man to fall.

Brought into the attack 15 minutes before lunch, left-arm spinner Razzak struck with his first delivery.

Cook, who had looked entirely untroubled at the crease until that stage, played back a ball from around the wicket, and was snaffled for 29 by Junaid Siddique at first slip.

It was Cook's third low score of the series and while his form is not a worry, the opening batsman would have been desperate for a big score here after being dismissed cheaply in both innings at Lord's.

Pietersen and Ian Bell survived some edgy moments before the break to guide England to 92 for three. …

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