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Surrey spinner Ansari to make England debut

Zafar Ansari will play in the second Test. Credit: PA

Zafar Ansari will make his England Test debut against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

The slow left armer, who was left out of the opener in Chittagong despite taking four for 68 in the second warm-up game, will replace fellow spinner and Surrey team-mate Gareth Batty in the line-up.

England captain Alastair Cook also announced Steven Finn would replace the rested Stuart Broad, who was in line for his 100th Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

"Zafar's going to make his debut coming in for Gareth and Finny's coming in for Broady," Cook said at his pre-match press conference.


England finish first day on 258-7 against Bangladesh

Moeen Ali rode his luck at times. Credit: PA

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow rode their luck to post crucial half-centuries but Bangladesh's teenage debutant Mehedi Hasan confounded England with spin on the opening day of the first Test in Chittagong.

Moeen was given out three times by umpire Kumar Dharmasena but successfully overturned each decision, while Bangladesh spurned two reviews on the left-hander, who was finally out for 68 from 170 balls.

He put on an 88-run stand with Bairstow, who was dropped on 13 before going on to post 52 as England's middle-order resistance helped them close on 258 for seven on a pitch that is already offering plenty of turn.

All seven wickets to fall on day one came from the spinners, with 18-year-old off-break bowler Mehedi deeply impressive on his international bow as figures of five for 64 from 33 overs will attest.

England bowler James Anderson to miss first India Test

James Anderson. Credit: PA

England seamer James Anderson will miss the first Test against India next month as he continues his recovery from an injury to his right shoulder.

Anderson, England's record Test wicket-taker with 463 scalps in 119 matches, was ruled out of the forthcoming series against Bangladesh due to a recurrence of the problem which first flared up over the summer, when he sustained a stress fracture to the area.

His rehabilitation will now stretch into the India series, where he will be absent for the first Test in Rajkot, which gets under way on November 9.

England captain Alastair Cook announced the news, saying: "I don't think he'll be there for the start. He might be ready to do some training, but he won't be ready for the first Test match."


New deals for Lancashire pair Procter and Parkinson

Luke Procter will be looking to cement his place in the batting order. Credit: PA

Batsman Luke Procter and teenage leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson have signed new two-year deals at Lancashire.

Both graduates from the club's academy, Procter and Parkinson have had a fruitful 2016 season - the latter marking his debut at home to Warwickshire with six wickets in the Specsavers County Championship.

Parkinson said: "I couldn't be happier to sign a new two-year deal. I've really enjoyed my first full season as a professional, and to make my debut for the club against Warwickshire was pretty special.

"I'm looking forward to being involved in the (England) Lions (squad) this winter."

Jos Buttler receives ICC reprimand over behaviour

Buttler has received an official reprimand. Credit: Reuters

England captain Jos Buttler has received an official reprimand over his conduct during the second one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday, the International Cricket Council has announced.

Buttler reacted to what he thought were over-exuberant celebrations from several Bangladesh players on Sunday and a heated confrontation ensued, with umpires forced to intervene by sending the Englishman on his way.

Buttler, standing in as captain for Eoin Morgan for the three-match series, was warned for breaching level one of the ICC's code of conduct, while his opposite number Mashrafe Mortaza and batsman Sabbir Rahman were fined 20 per cent of their match fees for their part in the incident.

Match referee Javagal Srinath said:

The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler's wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman and required the on-field umpires' intervention.

We all want to see high intensity on the field of play, but only as long as it is not provoking or antagonising or disrespecting the opponent.

– Match referee Javagal Srinath
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