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ENGLAND spinner Gareth Batty said his first Test appearance in over 11 years was the most nerve-racking moment in a cricket career of nearly two decades.

The 39-year-old shared new-ball duties on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Batty bowled the second over, only the third time since 1928 that England have opened a first innings with a spinner.

He was hit for four first ball but he finished the day as the most economical of England's three frontline spinners with one for 51 as Bangladesh closed on 221 for five in response to the tourists' 293 all out.

Batty said of his seventh Test appearance: "You stick the shirt on, it's an amazing feeling.

"I was very nervous, I've not been like that ever before but I suppose it's a human and natural thing.

"I've never bowled with the new ball which added to the nerves. There were a few decent balls and a few balls to get better."

Batty marked his comeback by snaring Tamim Iqbal, whose innings of 78 was ended by one that went on with the arm and a bottom edge was snaffled by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

The Surrey captain looked as if he enjoyed the wicket immensely and he added: "That's just me. I suppose when you're an average player, you enjoy every little bit of success. It's nice to get very good players out."

Ben Stokes finally claimed the first wicket by a seamer - after the previous 14 had gone to spinners - when Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim edged behind on 48 as England finished strongly.

Tamim believes Bangladesh remain in a promising position with all-rounders Sabbir Rahman and Mehedi Hasan still to bat.

He said: "We still have wickets in hand and will gain the upper hand if we bat well in the first session."


NERVOUS Gareth Batty

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Date:Oct 22, 2016
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