The England captain Alastair Cook has joined the England team in Bangladesh after he attended the birth of his second child in England.
— Anthony Davison (@AnthonyCDavison) November 4, 2015
It was always expected that Cook would join the team before the first Test, which begins in Chittagong on Thursday, and he has now done that after his wife gave birth to a baby girl.
Due to waiting for the birth Cook missed both of England’s practice matches but he was in Bangladesh earlier in the tour during his side’s ODI series win in order to acclimatise to the sweltering weather.
Cook, 31 years old, has an excellent record playing in Asia, he has hit eight hundreds at an average above 60 and his first ton came on his Test debut in India 10 years ago following a last minute dash there from the Caribbean.
Steven Finn, the England fast bowler, has said that due to Cook’s experience he expects the captain to have no problems settling back into things. He said that he would be worried if it was someone less experienced who hadn’t experienced the conditions before and spent time in the middle, but due to the “amount of cricket” that Cook has played in the subcontinent he’s sure that “he’ll fit back in seamlessly”.
Cook has played 131 consecutive games for England beginning in May 2006. He last missed a Test on his first tour to India earlier in that year when he was unwell in Mumbai. Since then he has played in every match and only Allan Border has played more consecutive games. Thursday’s game will be his 134th Test match, surpassing Stewart’s record for most appearances by an Englishman. Cook’s return also means that England doesn’t need to pick two debutants to open the batting, something that has not happened since 1937.