Opening batsman Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett both enhanced their hopes of making their debut in the opening Test against Bangladesh with contrasting half-centuries during their drawn tour match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Chittagong.
Having dismissed the hosts for 294 on the opening day of the two-day game, Duckett played in a positive fashion, scoring an eye-catching 60 from 101 balls. The left-handed batsman, who impressed during England's one-day series win, will hope that a third successive score of more than 50 for the Three Lions will ensure he makes his debut in the first Test on Thursday (20 October).
Hameed, meanwhile, showed why he has been likened to former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, with a patient and mature knock of 57 from 127 balls. The 19-year-old batsman showed his trademark self-discipline through the morning session before playing more expansively in the afternoon.
Hameed's inclusion may depend on captain Alastair Cook – who has returned home for the birth of his second child – making it to Chittagong in time for the first Test, or whether England are willing to consider playing Duckett in the middle order.
The game ultimately finished in a draw, with England being bowled out for 256. However, Test regulars Joe Root (24), Jonny Bairstow (6) and Ben Stokes (25) all failed to make a meaningful impression with the bat before the start of the two-Test series.