English cricket team in Bangladesh in 2010
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Flag of England
Dates 28 February 2010 – 24 March 2010
Captains Shakib Al Hasan Alastair Cook
Test series
Result England won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Tamim Iqbal 237 Alastair Cook 342
Most wickets Shakib Al Hasan 9 Graeme Swann 16
Player of the series Graeme Swann (Eng)
One Day International series
Result England won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Tamim Iqbal 155 Eoin Morgan 179
Most wickets Shafiul Islam 5
Abdur Razzak 5
Shakib Al Hasan 5
Tim Bresnan 8
Player of the series Eoin Morgan (Eng)

The England cricket team toured Bangladesh, playing three One Day Internationals and two Test matches, at the end of the 2009–10 cricket season. They were captained by Alastair Cook, due to regular captain Andrew Strauss controversially missing the series to rest for the 2010–11 Ashes series. Bangladesh were captained by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

England whitewashed Bangladesh in both the Test and ODI series, maintaining their record as the only Test-playing nation not to have been beaten by the Bangladeshis. England gave debuts to five players during the series, including South African-born Craig Kieswetter, which drew criticism over the number of foreign-born players in the England team, with former captain Michael Vaughan stating that he had "a problem, that we have almost got a 'ship-in' system of looking at talent".


In twelve previous matches between the two sides—four Test matches and eight ODIs—England had a 100% winning record against Bangladesh, the only international team able to boast such a record. The previous year, Bangladesh had claimed their first Test series victory against a senior Test nation, though it came against a West Indies side that was heavily weakened due to an industrial dispute. England came into the tour on the back of a two and a half month series against South Africa in which they had tied the Test and Twenty series, and secured a 2–1 ODI series win.


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced in September 2009 that it "[had] to prioritise" and would most likely be sending a weakened squad to tour Bangladesh. The press theorised that possible candidates to be rested included captain Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood, Stuart Broad and James Anderson. When the squad was officially announced in January 2010, only Strauss and Anderson were omitted from the touring squad. The reason given for Anderson's break was to give him opportunity to undergo a specialist review and rehabilitation for a chronic injury on his right knee, to enable him to return to full fitness for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. The decision to rest Strauss was rationalised by national selector Geoff Miller as "the selectors feel it is important that he takes a break ahead of an extremely busy programme of international cricket". This decision was not viewed universally accepted, with former players Ian Botham and Michael Atherton among those who spoke out against the move, Botham claiming that: "As captain you need to be there with your team... I think it’s a major mistake."

England called up three uncapped players to their squads, naming bowlers Ajmal Shahzad and James Tredwell in both squads, and opening batsman Michael Carberry in the Test squad. Following a string of impressive performance for the England Lions, South African-born wicket-keeper batsman Craig Kieswetter was added to the ODI squad. Kieswetter had only completed his qualification period for England on the day before his first Lions match, and had previously represented South Africa Under-19s. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was unhappy with the inclusion of Kieswetter in the squad, and said that in an ideal world he would like to see "11 complete Englishmen in the team." Injuries to Ryan Sidebottom, Graham Onions and Stuart Broad prompted England to call up Steven Finn as cover for the Test series, and Tim Bresnan remained with the squad after originally only being part of the ODI squad.

In contrast to the selection issues and injury problems surrounding the England squad, Bangladesh came into the tour with a relatively stable squad. Uncapped players Nasir Hossain and Suhrawadi Shuvo were both named in the ODI squad, and Mashrafe Mortaza was fit to play after making it through the warm-up game against England for the BCB XI, having not played since July 2009 due to a knee injury. After playing in the first ODI, Mortaza withdrew from the squad for the remaining ODIs and Test matches, citing a disagreement over his fitness. The Bangladesh chairman of selectors, Rafiqul Alam, announced that Mortaza had withdrawn himself "to be by the side of his ailing mother". Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh's most-capped player, was omitted from the Test squad as he had failed to convince the selectors that he was in the right frame of mind for international cricket. The day after the squad had been announced, Bangladesh's preparations for the opening Test match were "thrown into disarray" when Raqibul Hasan announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 22. It was reported that the retirement was due to Raqibul's displeasure at being omitted from the provisional squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. Uncapped Jahurul Islam was called into the squad to replace him.

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ODI series

1st ODI

After winning the toss, England opted to put Bangladesh into bat, but their new-ball bowlers failed to maintain a good line and length, providing opener Tamim Iqbal with plenty of bad balls to put away for boundaries. Their breakthrough came in the tenth over, when Bresnan bowled a slower ball to Imrul Kayes who found a leading edge and was caught by Luke Wright at mid-on. Two more wickets followed closely as Junaid Siddique hit a half-volley softly to the fielder at square leg in the next over, and then Aftab Ahmed was run out in the thirteenth over, leaving Bangladesh with 82 runs for the loss of three wickets (82/3). Captain Shakib Al Hasan and vice-captain Mushfiqur Rahim both provided Tamim with some support, but both were undone by their own rashness; Shakib advanced down the wicket to Graeme Swann and provided an edge for Matt Prior to catch behind the stumps, while Mushfiqur attempted a run which was never available and presented Kevin Pietersen with his second run out of the match. Tamim alone provided resistance, showing "imperious strokeplay all around the ground" and a measure of maturity in his innings. His 125 came off 120 balls, including 13 fours and 3 sixes, eventually being dismissed in the 43rd over, bowled by Stuart Broad, with Bangladesh on 214/9. The final two batsmen lasted three overs, adding 14 to score, leaving England requiring 229 to win.

In England's reply, captain Alastair Cook played in a fashion reminiscent of the man he had replaced for the tour, Andrew Strauss, as he played an accumulatory innings to score 64. Craig Kieswetter, who had been brought into the team to provide firepower at the start of the innings was outscored by Cook 4 to 1, and was nearly dismissed twice in his first over, offering an edge to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, and two balls later he was caught in front, but umpire Rod Tucker ruled that he was not out. Kieswetter was dismissed in the thirteenth over for 19, completely missing a drive; presenting Mushfiqur with an easy stumping. An over later, Kevin Pietersen fell for just one run, leaving England on 74/2. Cook and new man Paul Collingwood put on 22 runs before the opener was adjudged leg before wicket (lbw) though replays indicaed that the ball was missing the stumps on the leg-side. Collingwood then anchored the chase with Eoin Morgan, the pair adding 88 runs to the score. After the dismissal of Morgan on 33, it was left to Prior to join Collingwood to add the required runs, and England won with four overs to spare.

28 February 2010
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
228 (45.4 overs)
v Flag of England England
229/4 (46 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Nadir Shah (Ban) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Tamim Iqbal (Ban)
Tamim Iqbal 125 (120)
Graeme Swann 3/32 (10 overs)
Paul Collingwood 75* (100)
Naeem Islam 3/49 (10 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.

2nd ODI

Both sides made changes going into the second ODI; for England, Ryan Sidebottom made way as England opted to hand a debut to James Tredwell in order to play two spinners, while Bangladesh called on Suhrawadi Shuvo and Rubel Hossain, dropping Siddique and Mashrafe Mortaza. For the second consecutive match, England won the toss and chose to field. The match began in similar fashion to the first match, with two quick wickets in the tenth and eleventh overs taking Bangladesh from 46/0 to 56/2. However, a third-wicket partnership of 90 between Imrul Kayes and Rahim steadied the innings and helped Bangladesh to gain confidence. After Imrul Kayes' dismissal, Rahim increased his scoring-rate with a series of boundaries to take the score past 200, and was dismissed by a slower ball from Bresnan with the score at 211/5. Some late swinging from the tail saw Bangladesh finish on 260/6, their highest total in ODIs against England.

England lost opener Kieswetter in the first over; caught at first slip off the third ball of the innings, having been dropped by the keeper the ball before. Pietersen and Collingwood were both trapped lbw by Abdur Razzak without passing 20, and Morgan joined Cook in the middle with the score at 68/3. Initially Morgan supported his captain by rotating the strike, but when Cook was dismissed for a 61-ball 60, he played with more freedom. A partnership of 90 with wicket-keeper Prior brought England close to 200, but Luke Wright, Bresnan and Swann all fell cheaply, leaving England requiring 31 runs off 26 balls with only two wickets remaining. With England "seemingly in disarray", Morgan took control of the match, and completed the run-chase with three boundaries in five balls. Morgan finished the game with 110 not out, his first century for England.

2 March 2010
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
260/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
261/8 (48.5 overs)
England won by 2 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Nadir Shah (Ban) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Eoin Morgan (Eng)
Imrul Kayes 63 (113)
Tim Bresnan 3/51 (10 overs)
Eoin Morgan 110* (104)
Shakib Al Hasan 3/32 (10 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to field

3rd ODI

The third ODI saw a change of venue; the teams moving from Dhaka to the coastal town of Chittagong. England again made two bowling changes, seamers Ajmal Shahzad and Liam Plunkett coming into the team with the injured Broad and spinner Tredwell making way. Bangladesh remained unchanged from the second ODI. The hosts won their first toss of the series, and put England into bat. Kieswetter bucked his natural game and played cautiously: when partner Cook was dismissed for 32 in the thirteenth over, he had scored 20 off 33 balls. The opener continued to accumulate runs carefully until he reached his half-century in the 33rd over. After passing the milestone, he began to score quicker, cutting and driving as he shared a 74-run partnership with Collingwood. He reached his century with a scampered run off Rubel Hossain, his first in international cricket, in his third ODI appearance. At 22 years and 97 days old, he became the second youngest England batsman to score an ODI century after David Gower. In contrast to the "all-action" style which had been expected from him, Kieswetter accrued his century with resolve, saying after the match that: "In the first two games I wasn't quite aware tactically of how I was going to pace my innings, [in terms of] helping the team win the game. Today I tried to pace myself a bit more, and try to get myself in more before playing big shots." His dismissal soon after his century brought Luke Wright to the crease with the freedom to make an aggressive cameo, notching 32 runs off just 13 balls to help England towards a total of 284.

In response, Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal for a duck in the first over, giving debutant Ajmal Shahzad his first ODI wicket from his third ball of the match. Bresnan removed the other Bangladeshi opener in the tenth over, the first of his four wickets in the match. This wicket brought together Mushfiqur Rahim and Aftab Ahmed, who both played aggressively, putting on 56 together in the next ten overs, but when Aftab Ahmed was run out looking for a non-existent run, Bangladesh started to struggle. Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan both fell after making good starts and the required run-rate started to rise, making a Bangladeshi victory look improbable. Slow-scoring between Naeem Islam and Mahmudullah took victory further away, and Bangladesh eventually finished 45 runs short of their target, granting England a series whitewash.

5 March 2010
Flag of England England
284/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
239/9 (50 overs)
England won by 45 runs
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Umpires: Enamul Haque (Ban) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Craig Kieswetter (Eng)
Craig Kieswetter 107 (123)
Abdur Razzak 2/40 (10 overs)
Aftab Ahmed 46 (60)
Tim Bresnan 4/28 (9 overs)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field

Test series

1st Test

The teams remained in Chittagong for the first Test, in which England gave Test debuts to Steven Finn and Michael Carberry. Bangladesh's preparations for the match were disrupted when middle-order batsman Raqibul Hasan announced his retirement from international cricket two days earlier. Bangladesh won the toss, and made "among the most unfathomable calls", putting England into bat on a surface that looked certain to deteriorate. Alastair Cook capitalised on the decision, being "barely troubled" as he remained 158 not out at the close of the first day, having faced 244 balls. Debutant Carberry out-scored Cook early on, but fell on 30 going for an ambitious sweep against Mahmudullah. His wicket brought in Jonathan Trott who scored slowly but confidently until wrongly dismissed on 39. A bouncing ball hit his helmet and was caught by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, prompting the umpire to give him out caught. Kevin Pietersen, who had been struggling against left-arm spin bowling, adjusted his style of play during his innings, staying more leg-side of the ball. He scored 99 runs, falling just short of a century when he was bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak. Collingwood, who scored 145 runs, and Ian Bell, who added 84 runs, increased the run rate during the second day to propel England to 599 for 6, at which point they declared, half an hour before the tea interval.

England took advantage of bowling at their hosts before tea, with Stuart Broad dismissing Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique with bouncers. Shortly after the break, Graeme Swann claimed the wicket of Aftab Ahmed in his first over; caught at short leg. Bangladesh had lost three wickets with only 51 runs scored, but a partnership of 94 by Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah brought their side back into the match. Mahmudullah was caught in the slips just after reaching his half-century, and his captain Shakib Al Hasan followed before the end of the day. Iqbal was dismissed in the third over of the following day, and nine overs later Shahadat Hossain was also dismissed, leaving Bangladesh 416 runs behind with only three wickets remaining. Thoughts of a quick victory were quashed by a Bangladesh record partnership for the eighth-wicket by Rahim and Naeem Islam, who added 113 runs together. Rahim played defiantly, batting for 152 balls to reach score his 79 runs, and was described by Cricinfo's Andrew McGlashan as a "lesson to the more impetuous of his team-mates". The partnership was eventually broken by a run out by Carberry, and Bangladesh added no more runs for the final two wickets to finish on 296: over 300 runs behind.

As they were playing a four-man bowling attack, and had spent longer in the field than they had wanted, England opted not to enforce the follow-on. Batting again, England pressed to score quickly, but were pegged back by regular dismissals: no batsman scored more than 40 runs, and the run rate was much the same as their first innings. Shakib Al Hasan claimed four wickets, and England batting 50 minutes into the fourth morning before declaring on 209 for 7, leaving Bangladesh requiring 513 runs in their second innings to win.

Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals at the start of their innings; by the end of the 38th over, they had lost five wickets. Rahim joined Junaid Siddique after the fifth wicket fell, and the pair batted patiently together to see their side through to force the match into its final day. The partnership continued to battle during the fifth morning of the match, and Siddique reached his first Test century, coming from 262 deliveries. Shortly after, Matt Prior failed to take a difficult catch, but Siddique did not capitalise on the mistake, adding no more runs before he was caught in the slips shortly after lunch. The bowler, Swann, swore at Siddique as he walked off the pitch, something he later apologised for, saying that it was "a testament to him that he did get everyone frustrated." Rahim was bowled by Swann four overs later, and despite a late assault by Naeem Islam, who scored three fours and three sixes before being becoming Swann's tenth victim of the match, England won by 181 runs. Swann, who took five wickets in each innings, was the first English off spinner since Jim Laker in 1956 to take ten wickets in a match.

12 – 16 March
Flag of England England
599/6d (138.3 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
296 (90.3 overs)
England won by 181 runs
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Graeme Swann (Eng)
Alastair Cook 173 (283)
Mahmudullah 2/78 (23 overs)
Tamim Iqbal 86 (124)
Graeme Swann 5/90 (29.3 overs)
209/7d (49.3 overs) 331 (124 overs)
Ian Bell 39* (55)
Shakib Al Hasan 4/62 (16.3 overs)
Junaid Siddique 106 (292)
Graeme Swann 5/127 (49 overs)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.

2nd Test

20 – 24 March
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
419 (117.1 overs)
v Flag of England England
496 (173.3 overs)
England won by 9 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)
Tamim Iqbal 85 (71)
Graeme Swann 4/114 [36.1]
Ian Bell 138 (262)
Shakib Al Hasan 4/124 [66]
285 (102 overs) 209/1 (44 overs)
Shakib Al Hasan 96 (191)
James Tredwell 4/82 [34]
Alastair Cook 109* (156)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.

Tour matches

50-over tour matches: Bangladesh Cricket Board XI v England XI

23 February 2010
Flag of England England
370/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
258/9 (50 overs)
England XI won by 112 runs
Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah
Umpires: Morshed Ali Khan (Ban) and Tanvir Ahmed (Ban)
Craig Kieswetter 143 (123)
Tapash Baisya 3/72 (9 overs)
Sharifullah 47 (55)
Graeme Swann 4/44 (10 overs)
  • Bangladesh Cricket Board XI won the toss and elected to field.

25 February 2010
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
151/8 (37 overs)
v Flag of England England
155/3 (25.2 overs)
England XI won by 7 wickets
Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah
Umpires: Anisur Rahman (Ban) and Masudur Rahman (Ban)
Tanveer Haider 35 (54)
James Tredwell 2/17 (7 overs)
Matt Prior 64* (57)
Alauddin Babu 1/30 (6 overs)
  • Bangladesh Cricket Board XI won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain reduced the match to 37 overs per team.

3-day tour match: Bangladesh A v England XI

7 – 9 March
Bangladesh A Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
202 (70.2 overs)
v Flag of England England
281/7d (58 overs)
Match drawn
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Umpires: Mahfuzur Rahman and Sharfuddoula
Raqibul Hasan 107* (165)
James Tredwell 6/95 (27.2 overs)
Jonathan Trott 101 (139)
Mahbubul Alam 2/38 (9 overs)
362/6d (76 overs) 185/5 (52 overs)
Shuvagoto Hom 91* (30)
James Tredwell 2/57 (20 overs)
Alastair Cook 42 (80)
Mohammad Ashraful 3/76 (21 overs)
  • Bangladesh A won the toss and elected to bat.

International cricket in 2009–10 vte
September 09 Sri Lanka Tri-SeriesICC Champions Trophy
October 09 Kenya in ZimbabweAustralia in IndiaZimbabwe in Bangladesh
November 09 Pakistan v New Zealand in UAEEngland women in West IndiesZimbabwe in South AfricaEngland in South AfricaSri Lanka in IndiaPakistan in New ZealandWest Indies in Australia
December 09 Pakistan in Australia
January 10 Bangladesh Tri-seriesIndia in BangladeshAssociates Twenty20 Series in KenyaAfghanistan v Ireland in Sri Lanka
February 10 Quadrangular Twenty20 Series in Sri LankaBangladesh in New ZealandSouth Africa in IndiaICC World Twenty20 QualifierPakistan v England in UAENetherlands in KenyaAfghanistan v Canada in UAEICC WCL Division FiveAustralia in New ZealandZimbabwe in West IndiesEngland in Bangladesh
April 10 2010 ACC Trophy EliteCanada in the West IndiesIreland in the West Indies

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