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Cook to slot back into team seamlessly

Alastair Cook admits he has come close to resigning as England cricket captain on several occasions.
Cook to slot back into team seamlessly
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Steven Finn believes England captain Alastair Cook will not be hindered by his lack of match practice on the subcontinent when he rejoins the squad just days before the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Cook travelled out to Bangladesh early to acclimatise to the conditions during England's one-day series win over the Tigers before departing for home to attend the birth of his second child.

It is anticipated he will return to the fold in time for the opening day of the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Thursday, but he has missed England's two warm-up fixtures.

Cook, though, has a sensational record in Asia with an average above 60, with eight hundreds, the first of which came on his Test bow in India 10 years ago following a last-minute dash there from the Caribbean.

"I think you'd be a bit worried if it was someone who was less experienced, I suppose, and hadn't experienced these conditions before and spent time in the middle because that's important," Finn said.

"The young guys who have spent time in the middle in these two games and through the one-day series will gain a lot of confidence and a good understanding of their game plan in these situations and these conditions.

"The amount of cricket that Cooky's played in the subcontinent, I think he'll fit back in seamlessly."

Finn was England's most economical bowler on the first day of England's last warm-up before the Test series, conceding just 26 runs from his 10 overs, and was unlucky not to take a wicket against a BCB XI.

While he played three of the four Tests in England's last series against Pakistan over the summer, he was below his best and acknowledged he is not an automatic selection.

England could experiment with three seamers and three spinners for the opening Test and Finn thinks Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes are ahead of him in the pecking order.

"I do enjoy bowling in the subcontinent, I enjoy the reverse swing aspect of it, I enjoy the fact that you have to put in to get something out of the wicket," he said.

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