Bangladesh have Improved A Lot: Courtney Walsh
Bangladesh fast bowling coach from Windies Courtney Walsh revealed the Tigers would focus on fast bowlers for the forthcoming South Africa tour owing to the seamer friendly conditions.
“It’s going to be seaming condition; that we all know. In South Africa that is what we are expecting,” Walsh was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
The legendary Walsh added the Pacers have to shoulder the responsibility, in a bid to bring the desired results after challenging Australia on the spin-friendly tracks back home which further saw the Test series was tied at one each.
“The seamers have to be more on the mark and we won’t have time for complacency this week,” Walsh added.
The report in the Bangladesh media further revealed that BCB chief selector Minhazul Abedin has hinted of five pacers to be inducted in the squad for the Two-match Test series which will kick start on September 28 at Potchefstroom.
“For South Africa series, there will be five pacers in the team with one spinner and the rest of them are batsmen,” Abedin stated.
It’s pertinent to mention that wickets in South Africa have been traditionally bouncy and Walsh believes with the emergence of left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman; he would boost the morale of the team, as he is looking forward to training his wards hard before wrestling against quality side Proteas which is a daunting task upfront.
“The work has to be done and that’s why I came earlier to work with the bowlers and try hard to get everybody in shape. It’s going to be a test and a challenging time for us,” Walsh maintained.
Earlier, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) national selectors have shown the faith in slow bowlers, in a bid to challenge Steven Smith-led Australia which further saw only pacer in the Chittagong Test that hosts lost eventually lost by seven wickets.
The 54-year-old Kingston-born former lanky fast bowler reiterated that Bangladesh had shown great capability, as the side has further improved under the leadership of wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, as he stated the players are looking forward to giving their best for the team.
“We have improved a lot. The team has improved and the guys have the hunger. They want to do well, they want to make Bangladesh proud, they want to perform at the highest level,” Walsh further added.
Having the vast amount of experience of his back, Walsh has joined the Bangladesh camp last September, as has further expressed satisfaction over the team performance while revealing the experience against Australia would help the Tigers in the impending series in South Africa.
“The experience that we have gained will help us even in the different conditions of South Africa,” said Walsh.
Walsh was eventually up to the point that he has given credit to the visitors for making a strong comeback after going down in the first Test, as he maintained that being consistent is the key.
“I think the difference between the two teams was that they [Australia] were a bit more consistent than us,” Walsh revealed.
The young Rahman, who looked ordinary with the ball in the first Test, showed a lot of character in the second Test, as his mentor Walsh loved his aggression with the red-ball.
“Mustafizur [Rahman] bowled well and he showed aggression and good control. I think getting those wickets will give him confidence as well,” Walsh concluded.
Walsh, who himself played 132 Tests for Windies, bagged 519 wickets at an average of 24.44 in 242 innings.
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