'Jaded seamers an area of concern' - Walsh
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