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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 October, 2003, 10:32 GMT
Clarke lifts England
Second Test, Chittagong
Bangladesh v England (day one, stumps)

R Clarke
Rikki Clarke and Nasser Hussain dug England out of a hole to take the tourists to 237-4 after day one of the second Test against Bangladesh.

The pair came together with England in the perilous position of 134-4 shortly after lunch on day one.

And they played the varied bowling attack watchfully to ensure no further damage, adding 103.

Clarke hit his maiden Test fifty, ending the day on 53, with former captain Hussain on 46.

Khaled Mahmud, the hosts' skipper, made the bizarre decision to field first on a good wicket for batting with no appreciable turn.

Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick accepted the invitation happily, batting through the first session.

But when the in-form Trescothick speared Mahmud to point to fall for 60, three more wickets tumbled.

We are in a match-winning position and hopefully we can put a big score on the board
Rikki Clarke
Mark Butcher's wretched tour continued when he became marooned on the back foot to be bowled by spinner Mohammad Rafique for just six.

Then the young seamer Mashrafe Mortaza struck gold, sending back Michael Vaughan (54) and Graham Thorpe (0) in the space of three deliveries.

Vaughan drove airily as a nick was pouched by skipper Khaled Mashud. And Thorpe played outside his body with a crooked bat, the ball going onto the stumps off the inside edge.

Mortaza was easily the best bowler in the day, and should have had Hussain caught by second slip just before stumps when working up real pace with the second new ball.

M Trescothick
Fielders had to run for cover while Trescothick was there

England named a side with two changes from the team who won the first Test in Dhaka.

Their match-winner there, Steve Harmison, had to fly back to England for treatment for a back injury and spinner Gareth Batty was also replaced.

It meant a Test debut for Kent's Martin Saggers and a second cap for Somerset seamer Richard Johnson.

Trescothick took a liking to Haque, hitting him for 18 runs in one over as he accelerated past his fifty.

But it was another bold shot in the following over that precipitated England's unsightly collapse.

Vaughan was the first of the openers to reach 50 but was much more watchful after the interval, losing the strike and eventually losing his wicket.

Clarke and Hussain, batting together for the first time, had a mighty job to do.

Surrey all-rounder Clarke, 22, in only his second Test, got his eye in with a series of pulls for four off the slow bowlers.

He reached his fifty with the best shot of the day, using his feet to loft a drive off Haque high over midwicket for four.

England: M P Vaughan (capt), M E Trescothick, M A Butcher, N Hussain, G P Thorpe, R Clarke, C M W Read (wkt), A F Giles, M J Hoggard, R Johnson, M Saggers.

Bangladesh: Khaled Mahmud (captain), Hannan Sarkar, Javed Omar, Habibul Bashar, Rajin Saleh, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza,, Mushfiqur Rahman, Enamul Haque.

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BBC Five Live's Simon Mann
"Bangladesh couldn't take advantage of England's generosity"

England's Rikki Clarke
"We did have to work very hard for our runs out there"

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