Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016-17 March 14, 2017

'Jaded seamers an area of concern' - Walsh

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Mushfiqur Rahim said Bangladesh didn't play to even half their ability in Galle © AFP

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said they have to play to their potential, after they weren't even at "half their ability" in Galle, in order to get a result in the Colombo Test.

The visitors were crushed by 259 runs, with their bowlers lacking enough penetration while their batsmen were unable to bat out crucial periods in the game. Fielding too remained ordinary, dropping three chances on the fourth day alone. Mushfiqur was the standout performer, playing with conviction and batting long periods.

"We couldn't even play to half of our ability in Galle which was very disappointing," he said. "We have to try to get the result in our favour in Colombo. We have to take every chance that comes our way. We weren't sticking to the basics, so we must improve on those things.

Throughout their Tests this year in Wellington, Christchurch, Hyderabad and Galle, seamers Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Rubel Hossain have been slack in the third session. Mustafizur Rahman has relied on cutting down his pace in latter spells.

Courtney Walsh, Bangladesh's bowling coach, said one of the areas they are looking at is the pace bowlers' physical ability to bowl later in the day.

"They are not fully experienced on how to come back in the third spell," Walsh said. "You get it by playing a lot. It is something that we have been working on, how to bowl that last spell. Our seamers have been little bit jaded in the last session of most of the Tests we've played. It is obviously an area of concern and it is something that we are looking to fix."

Walsh said that despite their lack of experience, the Bangladesh fast bowlers are wicket-takers.

"It is not unjustified [to expect them to take 20 wickets] because they are going to learn at some point in time. When you play Test cricket, you have to take 20 wickets. It is going to be hard work because of the inexperience. They will get better the more they play, but the other factor is that they are playing in different tracks.

"By the time they realised what happened in New Zealand and India, we had left those places. And now we are here. It is about adapting quickly. So far I think we are getting reasonable batting tracks. With more experience, you will only get better. I am hoping on the special occasion of the 100th Test, pride alone will kick in and the boys will do everything that they can to try to win this Test match," Walsh said.

Mushfiqur also believed they are capable of winning the milestone Test. "There are expectations about every Test," he said. "But Bangladesh cricket is in such a stage that they are expected to win a Test, ODI or T20. This itself is a big achievement, which inspires the players to give their best in the field. We didn't fulfill our expectations in the last game but we will give our best in the next game. Our main target will be to play consistently.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • dasnil8173837 on March 15, 2017, 5:31 GMT

    @cricfan58609100.........what are u talking about "less matches"??....look at bd's record bd only took 16 years to play 100 tests and on other hand poor zim took 24 years to play 100 test even teams like India,pak took lot of time to play 100 test......dear frnd bd get enough opportunities but they materialise very less out of it......and it is not that Indian team didn't play against bd ( though on Indian soil bd had played only 1 test) but overall Indian team played 7 test series against bd .......look at Aus, RSA how many they had played against u people...........u are somewhat right while demanding more matches but if bd doesn't improve that much good teams team will be reluctant to play against them . It is classic case of which comes first egg or chicken ........all the best to bd ...

  • anto210573574 on March 15, 2017, 4:14 GMT

    Bangladesh will never make the desired progress unless they play regular test cricket, the Indian team as a great champion team should invite us more regularly and let us improve our game. I would request all the fans around the globe to ask their boards for more matches against us. I don't mind as fan to take your abuse after we play and learn. Winning and Losing are part of the process called learning and BD will only learn if they play more cricket.

  • shahina on March 15, 2017, 3:09 GMT

    streak is better coach than walsh

  • arifur6154080 on March 15, 2017, 2:43 GMT

    @CAN_KOHLI BE NEXT SACHIN: I agree with you, i am not comparing because nagesh patil think Bangladesh are far behind of Afghanistan. One more think you should know we started playing cricket in 1979 just after 8 yrs of our Independence. We are really proud what we have achieved in world cricket. Cheers for the Tigers .....

  • Chowree on March 15, 2017, 0:53 GMT

    If Bangladesh really the Tigers, then they need to fight like Tigers?

  • hussyy on March 15, 2017, 0:36 GMT

    Bangladesh's main failure in test cricket is - they are always terrible in 2nd innings batting. This is where bd struggles in all test mstches

  •   Oswald Jayatunge on March 14, 2017, 22:45 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim said Bangladesh didn't play to even half their ability in Galle. yeah right, even if they played to their fullest they would have scored only (197 x 2) = 394. Still short of 63 runs.

  • niaz on March 14, 2017, 22:42 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi fan and I m not disappointed in Bangladesh progress. I would not be surprised if AFG beat BD in a 5 day match.

    Bangladesh does not have to beat Srilanka. If Bangladesh does not have batsmen who averages 50 in FC, there is no way they can beat Srilanka. Also Mushfique bowled the quicks in first two sessions and they were tired. Even Aus/Eng bowlers are bowling 15 overs or so per day so that they can be fresh. Meaning Sakib, Mehedi and part timers have to bowl 45 overs. Seamers 45 overs. No they are not physically as fit as other seamers (yet).

  • Steve on March 14, 2017, 20:08 GMT

    @Nagesh: You said, "They will always satisfied in counting the positives in the lost matches". I couldn't have said any better. Absolutely right. Same statements repeated over and over again, by coach after coach, year after year. Sick and tired. I think it's just better to watch from the sidelines without any emotional involvement about their performances or the lack of it.

  • Jay on March 14, 2017, 19:28 GMT

    Nagesh Patil & Udendra: I am an Indian fan too but come on guys. Such comments leaves a bad taste. And then we get upset when BD fans return the favor. Let's all be respectful of each others' teams. Congratulations to BD for the 100th test milestone. Hopefully, your future in the format is a bright one. <3 from India.

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