Ravi Bopara took his opportunity to impress as England began their ICC World Twenty20 campaign by coasting to a seven-wicket warm-up win over Bangladesh at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday.
Bopara (62) got his chance at number three, with Kevin Pietersen a late arrival in Barbados after spending a little extra time at home with his pregnant wife.
He did not disappoint, sharing stands of 45 with Craig Kieswetter and then 71 with Paul Collingwood to help England ease home with almost three overs to spare and put them in good heart for Thursday's second warm-up fixture against South Africa at this same venue.
After Bangladesh had chosen to bat first and struggled with the spin of Michael Yardy (three for 20) to set 126 for seven, Michael Lumb slapped a catch to cover off Syed Rasel to go early in England's reply before a fair assessment could be made of his and Kieswetter's new Twenty20 opening partnership.
But Kieswetter put his mark on proceedings with a six over wide long-on off Rasel's left-arm pace and then a huge maximum over long-off from Shakib al-Hasan's left-arm slow.
By then, Bopara was under way with a steered edge for four past slip off Rasel first ball - and despite a maiden from Abdul Razzak, bowling the innings' first over of spin, the second-wicket pair appeared set to negotiate the trial by lack of pace on an increasingly slow surface.
Kieswetter was undone, however, by a flatter ball from Shakib which turned and left him stranded yards out of his crease.
Bopara escaped on 30 when he poked a return chance back at Razzak but made no other mistakes - until he ran himself out with victory already assured - as he cashed in again on a ground where he made his maiden Test hundred last year.