England overcame the early loss of Alastair Cook to reach 49 for one in the first hour of the Lord's Test against Bangladesh.
Andrew Strauss - back as captain after being rested for the 2-0 victory over the same opponents on the sub-Continent - and Jonathan Trott guided their team away from the danger of seven for one in this first npower Test of the summer.
Bangladesh, who won the toss on a cloudy morning, used the new ball well and Shahadat Hossain was rewarded for his efforts with Cook's wicket.
The opener had contributed England's first boundary, a well-timed off drive to the pavilion fence off Shahadat in the third over, only to fall to the same bowler in the fifth.
Shahadat beat the bat with a ball which pitched on middle and straightened into the left-hander, but appeared to hit him a little high. Umpire Asoka de Silva thought differently and Cook had to go lbw.
Number three Trott soon demonstrated his good form on the back of 150 for Warwickshire in his last first-class innings.
He got off the mark with a four guided past gully off Shahadat from just the third ball he faced and was quickly into double figures.
By contrast, it had taken Strauss 14 balls to register his first run and he still had just a single to his name after half an hour when he latched onto a short ball from debutant Robiul Islam for a pulled six.
A four off the hips followed two balls later and, as the skies began to brighten, so did England's prospects.