The long winter tour began with the first-ever visit to Bangladesh for Test matches between the two
nations and, though their opponents fought hard, England won the series quite
England had toured Sri Lanka
as recently as 2000-0, a tour made memorable by victory by two matches to one
after earlier in the winter beating Pakistan.
As in Bangladesh
the weather was rainy in Sri Lanka
and two one-day internationals were abandoned without a ball bowled; Sri Lanka won
the other match. In the Test series Sri Lanka
proved far tougher opponents than Bangladesh
and were only one wicket away from a 100-run win the first Test at Galle. After another
drawn game, England
slumped to defeat by an innings and 215 runs in the final Test at Colombo
For Sri Lanka Muralitharan took 26 wickets at an average of 12.30
in the three Tests. Nasser Hussain had a dispute with him during the 2nd Test
at Kandy but
the match referee cleared Hussain of verbal abuse
Gareth Batty got into difficulties while swimming in the sea in Colombo and had to be
rescued by two lifeguards
Dr Mark Ridgewell was a local GP and
lecturer in sport medicine at the University College of Wales in Cardiff ,who had previously
accompanied Welsh national rugby teams on tour.
David Graveney (chairman), Duncan Fletcher (coach),
and Michael Vaughan (captain).
Not considered:Alec Stewart (retired);Andrew Caddick
Tour party announced : 10 September 2004.
Withdrawal:James Anderson was withdrawn from the Bangladesh leg of the tour on 25
September because of an tendon injury to his left knee; Richard Johnson took
his place. Andrew Flintoff failed a pre-tour fitness test on his groin strain
and was also withdrawn from the Bangladesh Test tour, being replaced on 6
October by Martin Saggers
Not selected:Martin Bicknell,Ed Smith.
Limited-overs squad:also announced on 10 September.
Michael Vaughan Marcus
Trescothick, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Anthony McGrath, Andrew
Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Rikki Clarke, Chris Read, Ian Blackwell, Ashley Giles,
Gareth Batty, Richard Johnson, James Kirtley, James Anderson.
Not selected:Darren Gough.
Time between selection and departure from England
(10 September - 6 October)
Departure from Heathrow
Airport, London, was on 6 October 2003. The team
flew Emirates via Dubai to Dhaka
arriving on 8 October. Martin Saggers flew out slightly later because of the
lateness replacing Flintoff.
Owing to persistent rain, the team were obliged to
practice in Bangladesh's
only indoor nets at the Institute of Sport 100 miles from Dhaka.
The one-day squad flew out of London
on 28 October, including Andrew Flintoff and one-day coach Tim Boon, and
arrived in Dhaka next day.
After the Bangladesh
leg of the tour, which ended on 12 November England’s
one-day players flew on to Sri
Lanka arriving late at night on Thursday
13 November. The Test squad arrived in Colombo
on 21 November.
Time spent in Bangladesh
October -12 November
Time spent in Sri Lanka
November - 23 December
Richard Johnsonreplaced James Anderson (knee injury) before
the team left for Bangladesh.
came back for Sri Lanka,
Johnson stayed with the team because Steve
Harmison (back strain) who had earlier gone home from Bangladesh was unable to re-join the tour in Sri Lanka.
He failed a fitness test on his lower back, or “…was not invited back amid
murmurings about his attitude” (Wisden).Martin
Saggers covered for Andrew Flintoff.
R D B
James Kirtley brought in for the limited-overs matches,
remained with the team in Sri Lanka
turned his ankle playing squash. On 15 November the selectors asked Robert
Croft to join the squad in Sri Lanka.
McGrath captained the side at Moratuwa and Andrew Flintoff did so at Colombo
BCB President's XII(*)
WON 7 w
WON 329 r
BCB Development Squad (50
Won 167 r
Won 7 w
Won 7 w
Won 7 w
SLC President's XI(50 overs)
Sri Lanka (1st
Lost 10 w
Sri Lanka (2nd
Sri Lanka (3rd
SLC President's XI
SRI LANKAFirst Test
SRI LANKASecond Test
SRI LANKAThird Test
LOST inns 215
† not first-class
Time spent in Bangladesh before First Test: 13 days