England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 1st day May 27, 2010

Siddons rues poor Bangladesh bowling


Jamie Siddons has witnessed plenty of disappointing days in his three years as Bangladesh coach, so he was in a phlegmatic mood as he assessed the damage done to their prospects on the first day of the Lord's Test. A close score of 362 for 4 was not as grim as it had threatened to be at one stage when Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott were in full flow, but once again, he was left to rue the inexperience of his young attack.

"We wanted to bowl in good areas, put some pressure on the batsmen, and make them make some mistakes. But I don't think they had to take any risks today," said Siddons. "We didn't put enough balls in the right spot. We probably bowled eight maidens for the day and in Test cricket that's nowhere near good enough. I think our fast bowlers really let the side down today."

Bangladesh's hopes of competing had been given an early boost when Shakib Al Hasan won the toss under heavy cloud cover, and chose to bowl - a decision that not only gave his team a chance to push for early breakthroughs but also spared his batsmen the prospect of facing James Anderson and Steven Finn on a zippy surface. But by mid-afternoon, all such help from the heavens had gone, and all that remained was a long hot day of toil.

"I guess looking out at the ground half an hour into the game, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for batting," said Siddons. "The ball didn't swing as much as we thought, or maybe the bowlers didn't stand the ball up on the seam as much as they should have, and it went downhill from there pretty much.

"The skill to put the ball in the right areas often enough, under the pressure of a Test match at Lord's or just a Test match against England over here, it was very difficult for them. A couple of their batsmen made mistakes and gave us a few wickets, and you end with four for a lot of runs at the end of the day."

Of the three-man pace attack, only Shadahat Hossain had played at Lord's before, having toured as a rookie back in 2005, while Robiul Islam was making his Test debut. "I'm sure they weren't trying to bowl half-volleys and short balls outside off-stump but they certainly bowled a lot of them," said Siddons. "Look, two wickets in a hurry tomorrow, work hard for the rest, bat well in the first innings, and you never know. But we are a long way back."

Siddons was impressed, however, with the discipline shown by Trott, who had endured a tough tour of Bangladesh, where accidents and anxieties curtailed most of his innings before they had been fully formed. "He was really patient, but the bowling was quite poor today," he said. "He didn't try to step up the pace at all but he's still ended up with 175 at the end of the day.

"Good on him for persevering, sticking at it and making sure he was still there at the end of the day. I thought he batted really well."

Bangladesh's main threat, once again, came from their captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who has been suffering from chicken pox and only resumed full training earlier this week. "He's a bit tired, he's still recovering and trying to get his energy back from his illness," said Siddons. "But he'll be right tomorrow to go again."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • Bang on May 28, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding, very nice cricketing explanation! But things are different in Bangladesh team scenes. Siddons dictates everything, including what a captain should do during the play. And my point was, if his players didn't learn from mistakes again and again over three years, its the coach who should admit that he has failed as a teacher. I do see the horses but don't see the trainer to take them to water :)

    Funny is, a team, who after playing for ages still couldn't bring out enough batsmen to stand against pace bowling outside their own pitch. India it is. But look, how its supporters take a superior stand only because they have the most rich yet corrupt cricket tournament in the world :) Get some BATSMEN guys who won't say "why me?"!

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Sad to say but true these bangladeshis don't have the right attitude for international cricket.Their body language is hopeless.Watching the math is like watching a charity match or a batting practise match for jonathan Trott.Common... winning or loosing is different.Show some spirit boys.We have been watching you for ages.Enough of this lethargic attitude of you.I saw an Afghan match.very soon they will surpass you for sure.

  • Luke on May 28, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    I don't like the way Siddons talks about the team but winning the toss and bowling smacks of insecurity and fear. If Shakib was afraid to bat first he's already set the tone for his team for the match. You have to back yoursleves. Bangladesh surely couldn't say their fast bowling or bowling generally is their biggest strength. Now Tamim and Shakib and co will have to bat to save their skins rather than set England a total. You have to show courage in test cricket. Better Bangladesh go out and get rolled for bugger all than chase 550 in the first dig. I think after 3 years Siddons has taken Bangladesh as far as he ever will. Time for a change guys. Stick with the simples things - misfields will always cost you bundles. The improvement since I saw Bangladesh play Aus several years ago in the top end of Aus is out of sight. Keep working!

  • Abdullah on May 28, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    What better was Siddons expecting from a pace attack without Mashrafee?

  • Jason on May 28, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    @Bang_la, theres an old saying you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink, the coach can only guide and offer suggestions if the players dont sign up and bowl in the right areas depsite bein asked to its not his fault, thats the captain and players responsibility. From what i saw a lot of the problems where due to negative fields being placed, no pressure being applied to the new batsmen, when you have a spinner on, have 4 close fielders, slip, Silly point and silly mid off. get the batsman to have a go at going over the top, you'll get edges and catches, dont put the fielders 3/4's back and gift easy singles, into the covers, and dont even get me started on the 5/4 field setting, thats a sure sign there is no faith from the captian in the bowlers to bowl an offstump line.

  • VISHAL on May 28, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    if a team opts to field where the bowling attack has one debutante, one bowler with an avg of 80 and the other bowler still tryin 2 make a mark on d international level, wat else do u expect??? sadly these has been d story of b'desh cricket.. every series they try new players.. wat happened to those that were tried before?? wer is mortaza???

    i hope d selectors wake up before more careers get ruined...

  • Rafiq on May 28, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Bang_La, I really like your external auditor comparison. In fact, that's the problem with cricket coaches in general. They are really coaches for the training ground rather than active managers during a match - a concept unique to cricket and something I have never quite understood. So when the team makes mistakes, the coach can stand there and be a passive analyst. Or just hide behind shades rather than change strategy as needed.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    boohoo so til Jamie Siddons bcame coach wer dese guys wrld beatrs ? T ain't his fault f d playrs r hpeles ! Dre's a maximum level f toleranc 4 evry1 n dis poor dude hs certainly reachd his

  • hayden on May 28, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    even allowing that its may, to win the toss and bowl at lords was a stupid idea! even more so when your team has hardly anything in fast bowling stocks!!! for a team that i would assume relys on spin for most of its wickets, why would you not want to bowl last???? and that too on a wicket renouned for being a batsmans paradise for the first 2 days or so???? bangledesh need to realise that just because their not playing on a sub continent dust bowl, doent mean every wickets good to bowl first on, they saw some grass and got carried away!!!

  • Bang on May 27, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Jamie SIddons talks like an external auditor. Indifferent, impassive and aloof from the team. For the last three years of his tenure he was more to criticize the performance of Bangladeshi boys and conveniently forgetting that it is HIS job to improve the boys. He can NOT shrug his failure as the coach of the team. Sadly, Bangladesh Cricket Board is run by some spinless executives and and a bunch of political hoodlums, both don't have the guts to ask Jamie why he could not bring any improvements for the last three years when his pay cheques never failed to reach him!

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