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Tigers eager to end losing streak in Test

Lone Test vs Zimbabwe begins today
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Tigers eager to end losing streak in Test

Bangladesh are looking to come out of their losing streak when they lock horns with visiting Zimbabwe in the lone Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur today. The match will begin at 9:30am. Bangladesh needed to triumph the Test after losing six successive matches between 2019-2020. Of them, they lost five Tests with an innings margin.

The Rawalpindi Test in Pakistan was the last Test where Bangladesh were thrashed by Pakistan with an innings and 44 runs, the performance that drew huge flakes from all the quarters after which Bangladesh team management made several changes in their squad.

Dropping some senior players, they have injected some fresh players to give a stir in their Test squad with a view to win the Test against the pumped-up Zimbabwe.

Captain Mominul Haque said they play a match of a series or tournament for winning what will not be exceptional to this Test against Zimbabwe.

“We get down in the field for winning whenever we play a match of a series or tournament. It is whether Zimbabwe or Australia,” said Mominul Haque.

“And when you go to play international cricket, there will obviously have a bit of pressure. You have to take this pressure like me. All are thinking in that way. All are desperately thinking to play better cricket. We’ve been taking our preparation in that way in the last three-five days,” Haque told media at their pre-match day press conference at the SBNCS in

Mirpur yesterday. “We are hopeful. And it will not be done if you have no expectation. We have belief also for it. Hopefully we will play better cricket, Inshallah,” he added.    

Head coach Russell Domingo, however, said their mission is to create a playing culture inside the team after winning the Test against the east African side.

“Winning is of paramount importance. We do need to develop a Test culture. The way we go about our preparations and schedule Test matches. I’m going into this Test as a coach more confident because we’ve been together four to five days,” Russell Domingo said.

“I’ve never had Tests where we have flown in to place, practice a day and then play a Test match. The next schedule in Pakistan, we fly in, play a one-dayer then practice and then play a Test match so no serious Test team has scheduling like that and we’ve got to try and change that. It’s a cultural thing and we need to put a lot more attention on Test matches,” Domingo told media.

“I’m very impressed with the group of players we have at the moment. The way they are training, the way they are catching and their discipline in the nets, there seems to be a big desire to do well in Tests. I think that’s a start,” he added.

On the other hand, Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine said they are focusing on their processes and strengths not to think much about Bangladesh to triumph the Test.

“Bangladesh are always under a little bit more pressure at home. With their recent results, they will be under more pressure. They are at home and expected to win,” said Craig Ervine.

“It obviously plays into our hands. We have to focus on our processes and strengths, and not worry too much about Bangladesh,” Ervine told media.

He said they expect a good contest against the home side as the conditions of Bangladesh are not foreign to them because of having toured so often in these conditions.

“I think they have had a poor run off late. But I think Bangladesh are a little bit stronger at home,” Craig said.

“It’s something that we are familiar with, as we toured so often in the past. It is not a foreign thing for us. It should be a very good contest,” he added.

MK

 

 

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