Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 1st day

'Huge effort needed with the ball' - Whatmore

Cricinfo staff

April 17, 2006

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Dav Whatmore: 'very, very disappointed' © AFP
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Dav Whatmore, the Bangladesh coach, was, not for the first time, left pondering over his side's ill-disciplined performance with the bat, slipping to 197 all out on the first day of the second Test at Chittagong.

Bangladesh, who gave Australia a mighty scare in the first Test at Fatullah, gained an early advantage by winning the toss but Habibul Bashar and Co. surrendered the initiative with some irresponsible batting. "On the surface of it, it looks as if [after] the first session the game is gone," he told reporters after the day's play.

A vital 71 from Rajin Saleh, the gritty middle-order batsman, lent the total some respectability but Whatmore admitted that Bangladesh were already up against a huge task. "It is going to make it very hard for us to get back into the game; it is going to take a huge effort with the ball to reduce the lead from the first innings. I was very, very disappointed. What I have seen is an inability again to play straight and even be a little patient before we start playing shots. That has been the story all along and what we are trying to cure."

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