Cook braced for tough subcontinent challenge


Captain Alastair Cook is braced for a tough challenge on the subcontinent as England prepare to face Bangladesh and India over the next few months.

First up is a two-match Test showdown with Bangladesh, beginning on Thursday in Chittagong, before a five-match series against India.

Cook, who recently celebrated the birth of his second child, believes the conditions will make life tough for the tourists.

"I can't remember doing 10 weeks on the subcontinent," said Cook, who is primed to become England's most capped Test player this week.

"You don't often get the flurry of wickets you do in England or Australia, or the flurry of runs where you can change a session quickly.

"You can lose a lot of wickets quickly towards the end of the game, but the first three or four days of cricket is hard and normally quite even.

"The clue is in the name. It's Test cricket - that's why it is such a good game.

"It will be a whole squad effort. Certainly the fast bowlers are very unlikely to be able to play all seven and it's probably sensible to change it up for freshness.

"We've got some challenges and people who can do very special stuff."

Cook has made 133 appearances for his country in the longest form of the game, leaving him level with Alec Stewart.