Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd ODI, Mirpur April 10, 2011

Hosts haunted by Cup memories - Siddons


Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has said that Bangladesh's timid attempt to chase Australia's 270 in the first limited-overs match in Mirpur, could possibly have been due to the batsmen being haunted by memories of being shot out for 58 and 78 during the World Cup.

Tamim Iqbal (62 off 89 balls), one of Wisden's cricketers of the year, and the captain Shakib Al Hasan (51 off 90 balls), batted with a great deal of circumspection as they attempted to set a platform for the chase, but once when they were dismissed, the innings faded away to 210 for 5.

"Shakib didn't really have a lot of answers for me when he came off as to why they went so slow, other than the wicket was very difficult. I didn't like the running between wickets, didn't like them walking between wickets," Siddons said of the innings. "I was disappointed we didn't go a bit harder after we got to about 160, I thought we took the Powerplay probably six or eight overs too late; I wanted it taken while Tamim and Shakib were in and Tamim got out.

"It's difficult; 58 and 78 [against West Indies and South Africa in the World Cup] were really playing on the batsmen's minds, particularly once we lost No. 2, 3 and 4; the memory banks kick in pretty quickly for our guys.

"They're young, inexperienced as far as age goes - they're 23-year-olds. We don't have [Michael] Clarke, [Ricky] Ponting, [Kumar] Sangakkara or any of them there, and we need to develop two or three of them."

Siddons, whose contract ends at the end of the ongoing series, could be informed of his future with Bangladesh as early as Monday following a board meeting. He said he had tried on Saturday to do as he had done throughout his tenure - advise his players but also allow them room to learn for themselves.

"My plan in the brief before we went out was to be 200 at the 40-over mark and see if we can get the last 70 [in 10 overs]. We lost three wickets really quickly so 200 was way out of our reach, and then I pretty much left it up to the captain and vice-captain.

"I tend to try to let them grow and learn as captain and vice-captain, and didn't want to send messages out there; as soon as I sent a message out, Shakib got caught at long on the next ball. So that's my fear: as soon as I say hit the odd boundary, get the ones but hit the odd boundary, that [a dismissal] happens, so I tend to stay away from it."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on April 11, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    @Sadequl - alot of what you are wanting to see from the team doesn't come from the coach. The 1st class structure is improving in Bangladesh, & it is that, that will make the Bangas more competitive.

  • sadequl on April 11, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Aj Mal @ U R absolutely correct Siddons was never that much of an experienced coach compared to other Bangladeshi former coaches like Gordon Greenidge or Dave Whitmore. There is no question about the capabilities of Bangladesh's recent players who are now worldly renowned for their personal achievements but Siddons doesn't seems to have that much of an effect as a real match winning coach for them when it is essential. We as a Bangladeshi fan would like to see our team in a better fighting spiriting team same as other test playing nations. We don't want to see anyone who is not capable enough to sort out the good tings from our players & to guide them in top class level. Hope BCB will think more seriously & take appropriate decision what it deserves to rise up the pride of the Tigers.

  • Priyam on April 11, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Interesting to see the coach himself is guessing the strategy of his own team...

  • V.L on April 10, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    May be Iqbal and hasan thought it was a test match? They lack the intent to win. They just look to bat out 50 overs and that is the reason they lose. They should change this attitude first and only then they can start winning!

  • Marcus on April 10, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    @ Banglacricket fan- not akhter PLEASE PLEASE NO!

    Unless you're actually an opposition fan and want Bangladesh's fast bowlers to get unfit, bowl at a searing pace, but have absolutely no control over where the next ball is going to go.

    And get all sorts of injuries

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    I dont think Siddons helped Bangladesh to improve as much as a good coach would have. Siddons needs to be removed and a more experienced coach should be appointed to help this team mentally as well as with batting techniques.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    This is no excuse for a bad performance. If you take other teams examples, India have been shot out for 54 in a one day match vs sri lanka where they collectively couldnt score ever one third of Jayasuriya's 189. But the next match they were back to normal. Bangladesh cricketers lack passion for the game and they dont even make an attempt to chase and win once the opposition goes past 260-270

  • Richard on April 10, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    @banglacricketfan-Gee, if Wasim is available for the job you Bangas should grab him in a flash. What that man doesn't know about fast bowling isn't worth knowing.

  • Ken on April 10, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    There's been big improvements in the performances of Bng since Siddons took over, I really hope his contract is extended. Also, I hope BCB appoint a replacement bowling coach after Ian Pont left. Some great names out there, Shoaib Akhter, Wasim Akram, Glen Magrath...?

  • Kifat on April 10, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    man up people... must do better in the second game... thumbs up....

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