Dhaka, Bangladesh: England's misfiring top-order will be under pressure to deliver in the second and final Test against Bangladesh starting Friday, aware their places could be up for grabs when the team moves on to India.
After winning the nail biting first Test in Chittagong by just 22 runs on Monday, the tourists will be keen to extend their 100 percent record against their hosts when they face off again in the capital Dhaka.
England's win in Chittagong was due in large part to the batting heroics of the middle order, with Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes all playing crucial knocks to repair the damage from top-order collapses.
The top four batsmen -- Alastair Cook, Ben Duckett, Joe Root and Gary Ballance -- managed a combined total of just 96 runs in both innings.
Their failures were all too familiar and underlined how England have struggled to make solid starts in a startling number of recent Tests.
Ballance's place is particularly vulnerable given that he has made just two half-centuries in his last 10 Tests, while Duckett will be desperate to make his mark after scores of 14 and 15 on his debut in Chittagong.
Even the normally prolific Cook and Root have been stuttering, with both men each having scored a solitary half-century in their last six innings.
England coach Trevor Bayliss made clear he was expecting more from the top order, who all struggled against spin in Chittagong, while indicating that he will keep faith with them in Dhaka.
"I don't think there's any reason to change the top six at this stage," Bayliss told reporters.
"The top four guys found it very difficult against the new ball facing the spinners... on a wicket which sometimes bounced up around your shoulder and sometimes skidded straight through. I'm sure all the batters will be better for it." said Bayliss.