Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka

Siddons aims for more consistency

Andrew Miller in Dhaka

March 19, 2010

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Jamie Siddons leads a Bangladesh fielding drill, Dhaka, March 1, 2010
"Our players are all confident of performing at this level and they'll be confident of performing on that wicket." © Associated Press
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Bangladesh will make two changes to their side for the second Test against England at Dhaka on Saturday, as their coach, Jamie Siddons, seeks a higher level of discipline with both bat and ball following their 181-run defeat in Chittagong last week.

Their new-ball bowler, Shadahat Hossain, has been dropped to make way for Shafiul Islam, while Aftab Ahmed's place at No. 4 has been taken by the uncapped Jahurul Islam, who joined the squad on the eve of the first Test following Raqibul Hasan's shock "retirement" from international cricket.

"This was definitely a moment I have looked forward to since I became a cricket player. The dream of playing cricket at Test level has always been my chief motivation," said Jahurul. "I have been in good form coming into the national team and I will take the confidence of the runs I had scored into the Test match."

Meanwhile Raqibul's potential return to the team has been delayed after he was handed a three-month suspension by the board despite Siddons being optimistic that a decision that he described last week as "rash and foolish" would soon be forgotten.

"We've spoken to him, but it is still up to a board decision to release him back to play," said Siddons. "That's not happening yet so he's left his run a little bit late. I would have had him back no problem but there's a few little delays happening. Hopefully we'll have him back for the England tour and the Asia Cup."

After a torrid start to the Chittagong Test, in which Bangladesh slumped to 51 for 3 after conceding a hefty 599 for 6 declared, the team settled down to produce three decent days of Test cricket, with their batsmen amassing 627 runs across their two innings, while restricting England to 209 for 7 second time around. However, Siddons remains frustrated by such peaks and troughs, and wants an improved focus at Dhaka.

"The one thing we're aiming for is to be consistent," said Siddons. "All of our top order - apart from our No. 4 position - are centurions in Test cricket now, and they have all made them in the last four months. But we're still having Mahmudullah making a fifty then nothing, Tamim [Iqbal] 80 then nothing, Shakib [Al Hasan] nothing then a score. To get scores of 400 you need more consistency than that.

"To make 630 over two innings against England was a reasonable effort, but we're still probably 150 short. Our players are all confident of performing at this level and they'll be confident of performing on that wicket. We just need them to put it together in the same match. That's what England did to us, and it's what we need to do back to them if we want to be successful.

"We bowled, I think, nine maidens in 145 overs [138.3]," said Siddons. "It's ridiculous, and it's not good enough. Test cricket should be a game where you have to work a lot harder for your runs, but we couldn't bowl one side of the wicket, and when we wanted to bowl at the wickets we couldn't do that either. We also need to make more runs in the first innings. We batted on probably the flattest day, and only made 296, and that probably wasn't anywhere near enough."

One aspect of Bangladesh's performance that will change, however, will be their decision if they win the toss. At Chittagong, Shakib called correctly but chose to field first, a move that Siddons later admitted was the wrong one. This time, with another spin-friendly surface in prospect, there's no doubt that they be aiming to put a score on the board first-up.

"If the wicket plays the way we expect it to, and day one should be flat, if we win the toss we will bat," said Siddons. "And if we do bowl I hope we put the ball in better areas and make them work a little harder for their runs. I expect it to turn a bit more towards the end of the game, because the footmarks play a bigger part on this wicket. Hopefully it will turn from day one, but we won't be taking that risk.

For me, as usual, it's about us playing our game as well as we can," he added. "I've got no expectations, I just want our players to play well. Each day is different, so our expectations change every day, according to the situation of the game. But I expect us to play pretty good cricket. It's our home conditions, and we played reasonably well at Chittagong, but we'll need nearer 700 [runs in the match] to win the game here."

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Junaid Siddique, 4 Jahurul Islam, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 7 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 8 Naeem Islam, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.

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Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 4:12 GMT)

Home side still suffering form same problem.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 19, 2010, 23:48 GMT)

I am from Pakistan and played a little first class in my young days. I think Imrul is a emrging player with a lot of potential in coming years but said that I am sure Nafees and Raqib are far better players today. Aftab has disappointed me more than any as I think he has a good technique and plays most of the cricket shots. He has had his chances and his spot goes to Raqib for next couple of series. Tamim, Sakib, Mahmudullah, Mushfiq and even junaid are good players but a few of them need to come above that level and in to the league of top test players of world with 40+ average and with 50+ score in every third innings. They have potential and just need to concentrate better in choice to shots and the choice of balls to play or leave. Real concern for me is fast bowling as I cant see a bowler of international level in Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2010, 23:03 GMT)

I personally think Kayes is a better player than nafees but yes i do see the stats saying otherwise. hopefully he will perform this time.

Posted by gmaurup on (March 19, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

It would be interesting to see how Jahurul fares... if he shows good performance, the so-called ocean apart gap between the bangladeshi first class standard and international standard will get the first ever question mark. He played the under 17s with Mashrafee and Ashraful and played 60 first class matches before getting test cap. A veteran campaigner in my eyes (and is still 25 years). the first generation test criceters (Aminul Islam, Habibul Bashar) came to test arena with zero first class experience and the second generation (Ashraful, Mashrafee) with minimum experience. The result is that only habibul bashar has batting records that is worthy of mention. to This young group (shakib, mushfiq, mahmud, tamim, junaid) also has reasonable first class exposure (35 matches at least). Their approach is a lot different than the previous groups (ashraful, aftab). Best wishes for the new generation bangladesh team.

Posted by JS82 on (March 19, 2010, 21:31 GMT)

Bangladesh could have tried 2 experiments this time - Jahurul as the keeper with Mushfiqur coming in at #4 and Enamul Haque Jr in place of Razzak. Razzak is not effective in the test format at all.

I agree Nafees deserves a chance but apart from one century in the domestic first class, he didn't show much form. Experience does not count much unless he is in form. Might as well leave Kayes alone, since he had been trying hard at the top. Kayes is a decent fielder too second best to Raqibul.

Posted by nuffsaid on (March 19, 2010, 20:29 GMT)

I have no idea why the hell BD selectors are not utilizing talents like Alok Kapali or Shahrier Nafees. Why Imrul Kayes is given chance after failing all the formats? Look @ his averageā€¦ damn folks. Shahrier Nafees is one the best batsman ever produced in recent BD cric history, his ODI batting average is 34 and Test average is 26+. He has scored centuries in both formats. A much better choice compare to Imrul. Does BCB still hate Shahrier just because he has participated in the ICL? Nuffsaid!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

@ Eddsnake

Probably Imrul has made a century, and that is probably in onedayers....

yeah, Shahriar nafees might be a better choice, but u kno 1 thing ? the way he played against India in both innings , he shud not be brought to team in next 2 yrs..... and Imrul may not be as good as he is, but his commitment to the team is greater no dobt....I am missing in form Alok Kapali and Nafees Iqbal and also Mehrab hossain Opi.....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2010, 15:50 GMT)

Siddons, the best coach of Bangladesh ever :)

Posted by   on (March 19, 2010, 15:08 GMT)

The most unfortunate plyer in the bangladesh side are Shahriar Nafees......

Posted by   on (March 19, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

2-0 in englands favor...does not matter...who is dropped or picked

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