Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Mirpur February 21, 2014

Bangladesh are not panicking - Jurgensen

The defeat to Sri Lanka in the ODI series will not make Bangladesh panic, according to their coach Shane Jurgensen, ahead of the Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Bangladesh collapsed in the first ODI and then conceded too many in the second, leaving the third game a dead rubber.

"I think our [Bangladesh's] one-day form has been outstanding previous to this series," Jurgensen said. "Here we have lost two matches in a row. There seems to be a lot of people outside the group who are panicking but I am not panicking at all. We were in a good position in the last game, but we couldn't finish it off. It was the same in both games.

"If we can tidy things up a little bit, we can get the result we want. It is a good thing that there is a quick turnaround, there isn't a big break between matches. All the boys are physically good too."

Bangladesh have not lost an ODI series 3-0 since Pakistan's visit in December 2011 and this defeat to Sri Lanka is Jurgensen's first since taking over as coach in 2012.

"We have a lot to play for tomorrow. We need to just come and play really good cricket," Jurgensen said. "I will highlight the positives. When you have a younger team and such things happen, confidence goes down quickly.

"This is my first series loss on home soil. We are playing against a strong team like Sri Lanka but we haven't played our best cricket. It is still to come. We have to make sure we remain positive tomorrow."

While Bangladesh have had problems with their batting and bowling in the past, what has been surprising is their poor fielding and through it their body language, which has been indifferent from several players. Jurgensen defended his players, saying they have been creating chances against Sri Lanka.

"I think sometimes in these situations, people will over-analyse things. We have been creating chances. We haven't quite nailed it. The boys are copping a bit of flak at the moment.

"We can't take any pressure. We are a good one-day team. We know what we have to do, but we have to come out and do it. No explanations for what we are doing, we have to look forward."

Bangladesh might make changes to the XI, Jurgensen said, because of their workload in the next month. Their first match in the Asia Cup is on February 26, against India, and they would like to have Mashrafe Mortaza (swollen knee), Tamim Iqbal (neck strain) and Abdur Razzak (injured hamstring) fit.

"The team has been pretty much the same as the New Zealand series," Jurgensen said. "We must stay calm at this stage. We need to have a holistic approach [to selection] because we have a couple of guys playing a lot of cricket. There might be a change or two. We want some guys to get out in the middle, at the same time we want to play the best team."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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