Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 31, 2011

Bangladesh's batting 'mediocre' - Law

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh batted only 17 overs on the third day in Mirpur, but their "mediocre batting performance" on the second which gave West Indies the advantage, has left their coach Stuart Law frustrated.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 231 in 68 overs in the first innings, after West Indies had made 355. "It [the Test] is probably not going where we planned, due to a mediocre batting performance by us," Law said. "We wanted to bat 130 overs but we failed to do so. The opposition now are well and truly in control. It'll take a lot of hard work to get back in the game.

"It is frustrating as a coach, when you need to ask players to try and bat a long time. Let's see who can bat a day [in the second innings], let's get someone getting a 100."

In the second innings West Indies took their lead past 300 as the Bangladesh spinners found it difficult to turn the ball. With two days left, Bangladesh were faced with a big challenge. "We need to find a way to score runs, stay at the wicket, to score an ugly 80 or 120 and not a pretty 40," Law said. "That'll be more beneficial to the side's cause. Shot selection and being positive doesn't mean hitting a six [every ball]. It is about making the right choices every delivery, and batting for more deliveries than we are [currently]."

Law said Bangladesh had to adapt to the playing surface and needed to revisit their choice of playing XI. "The surface is different here [from the one in Chittagong], two totally different pitches. They are good wickets but we have to find a way to win games. In the future, we will have to see if we are playing the right combination of bowlers. Maybe we need to think a little bit harder about who we play."

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  • Andrew on November 2, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty - funny, they can't pick ONE SIDE that can beat the Bangas in a World Cup - LOL!!!!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Unni on November 1, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    So How many test did Stuart Law Played

  • Unni on November 1, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @jgomes: India took lesser number of tests than Bangladesh to Register their first win,You can check the stats section I think it is 22 or 23 to 25.But you should also understand the fact that there was virtually no Cricket for almost seven or Eight years because of the War and Pre Independent India was not India as it stands now but India-Pakistan and Bangladesh consolidated ie British India .

  • Mradul on November 1, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @jgomes : I am not sure if you are aware that it took India 29 years to play same number of tests that BD has played in 11 years. So, the comparison in number of years can be rested here. Compare how did each team performed in their first 70 tests. FYI, after 70 tests India had a win-loss ratio 4 times better than BD and had test victories against Aus and Eng.

  • Satish on November 1, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    @jgomes, one fact you might want to consider and this is just a rough calculation I have made, India played 30 tests till their first win. I am sure Bangladesh have already played that many in 10 years?

  • Manesh on November 1, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    And BD bowling is 'ORDINARY'...LOL...Their own coach is not impressed with the team!

  • Tom on November 1, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    I Like Bangladesh But I hate to say they are a mediocre side. Cricket was very popular in Pre partition Bengal and after Partition Dhaka was the regular Test center for Pakistan. Even than Bangladesh Could not produce a cricketer of repute. At the same time Sri Lanka has produced so many great cricketers who cannot be counted.

  • Jeffrey on November 1, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    A of talk about Bangladesh not ever improving in tests etc. India started playing tests in 1932 and it took them 20 years (1952) to win their first test.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    @Mr.Tom10 - Hate to disagree mate:) Mediocre a bigger understatement than saying Michael Clark is a princess:)

  • Orang on November 1, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    I think the cricket set-up in Bangladesh, in fact throughout the sub-continent, is to blame. players are forever engaged in T-20s, Hongkong sixes ( execrable stuff) and at best ODIs. No one is available to play the first class matches. So, grafting and application are completely alien to them. But, it can be done, look at the current Pakistan team where Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are shining examples of young batsmen who are willing to play in Test match mode. Of-course, they have an excellent role model in Misbah.

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