Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo March 13, 2013

Greater unity improved performance - Jurgensen


Bangladesh became a tighter unit after they were pushed into a corner due to injury problems, and this helped them perform well in the memorable draw in Galle, according to their coach Shane Jurgensen. Their first-innings score of 638 - Bangladesh's highest in Test cricket - will be a source of motivation leading up to the second Test in Colombo, which begins on Saturday.

"All the issues and injuries in our team actually made us stronger as a group and more determined," Jurgensen said. "It was led very well by the captain and vice-captain. When we were batting, we made sure we sat together. There wasn't much of a crowd in Galle so the boys had to support those in the middle from the dressing room."

Jurgensen had observed the players since he had first been appointed bowling coach in late 2011, and noticed they easily lost confidence. As a result, he began his stint as full-time coach by insisting on dealing with them as adults and as international players. "After I had first arrived, we lost both series against West Indies and Pakistan," he said. "With the inconsistent success, I thought maybe their confidence got knocked around very easily.

"I have an individual approach with them, and then a bigger focus on the team. I trusted the boys and I have the belief in them. They have got the potential and skill and I am just trying to give them the confidence and give them the respect as international cricketers, treat them like adults."

Bangladesh's recent experience with head coaches hasn't been ideal. Stuart Law resigned in March last year, before Richard Pybus quit the job in October. Jurgensen was given the responsibility just for the West Indies series and now has been given the job on a year's contract.

He had little time to put in place specific plans, but believed that talking to players individually and in groups has helped the team regain focus in Test cricket. "Leading into the Test match, we sat down as a whole group in Matara, and then a batting and bowling group. We have done it in the past, but every time we do that in groups, we make it even more specific to your own team. The boys just executed it really well."

Similar preparations are afoot ahead of the second Test, but this time Bangladesh will have to make changes according to the conditions at the R Premadasa Stadium, which is different from Galle. "We will take the confidence of the batting into this Test match," Jurgensen said. "At the same time, we need to assess the condition. On initial inspection, it looks different to Galle.

"Essentially we need to do exactly what we did the last time. We have to go through the same process."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Shoaib on March 14, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    lool!! some fans using excuses 'road' this is Bangladesh we talking about who couldn't before even bat on flat pitches and show a great deal of patience. Don't be too desperate now and going back to past records as a last resort :P

  • Amit on March 14, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Shane Jurgenson is a good coach.This gentleman has a good knowledge about the players . Therefore we can expect he will dig out all the potentials from the players and bring more success in future for BD team. Also I heard his relation with the players are very good. Thanks MAN.

  • Manesh on March 14, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Sorry mr.Shane Jurgensen, nothing. Scoring in a road like pitch is not great.But considering the fact that there were flat pitches earlier, it is a good sign forfew of the BD batsmen. At least thy utilized it this time.

  • Saeed Salehin on March 14, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Keep it up Shane... we want you to give us a spirited team of real TIGERS...

  • Jay on March 13, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    i remember when stuart law resigned last year on march he recommended shane jurgensen's name to BCB as head coaching role. now jurgensen is proving that he deserved it n should get a long term contract. we dont need a big name on coaching role we just need the right person with perfect approach to take out the best from the team. congratulations jurgensen you have our bd fans back up all the way. best of luck

  • Shipu on March 13, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    The problem with Bangladesh fast bowlers are injuries. Its best just to rotate them so injuries are kept to a minimum. SJ knows BD inside out so it was a wise decision to let him be in charge.

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Dear Jurgo, I think you are best Coach ever I seen for Bangladesh where am following our cricket from 1997 with giving respect to Dev & Siddons. Coach, we want to see 140+ speed regularly with very good line & Length from Raju, Rubel & Robiul for now and would like to see Taskin with that ability in near future under you. We are very impressed with Cory Richards's success as our batting coach but not as fielding. Why BCB are not trying for a specialist fielding coach like Wade Seccombe or Chris Taylor or someone else? We need to improve our fielding a lot. Also we want Jurgo as our head coach till 2015 at-least. BTW best of luck for next Test.

  • Bayzid on March 13, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Well done Shane Jurgensen; you really great

  • Mmp on March 13, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I personally think, Shane is doing his job very well. hope he will carry on and give us the moments to cheer about.