BANGLADESH TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2019
Bangladesh played an inexperienced fast-bowling trio in the Hamilton Test © AFP
Bangladesh fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh has advocated patience and continuity in the fast-bowling department, particularly in Test cricket played overseas. The Asian side struggled in the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton as the host piled on their highest Test score of 715 in the first innings.
One of the major talking points was Mustafizur Rahman’s absence from the playing XI. Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed had a total of four Tests between them coming into this match while Ebadat Hossain made his debut. And the inexperience showed as New Zealand posted their highest Test total against the visitors at Hamilton.
Ebadat finished with unimpressive figures of one for 107, but Walsh reckoned it wouldn’t be wise to immediately put him on the bench and explore other options. The 25-year-old pacer dismissed Neil Wagner, but was unlucky early on when Tom Latham was dropped off his bowling by Soumya Sarkar. Latham went on to score 161 in New Zealand’s marathon essay.
“In Bangladesh, sometimes pacers might not play or [only] one might play. But when they are away from home, they need to play. So it will be nice for them to get a good run, get a feel what’s happening and then you can see what you have learned,” Walsh told reporters in New Zealand on Monday.
“I mean we invested in him [Ebadat] two years ago, he came here as a developing player. And then he made his Test debut here. So that’s a good sign. You have to give a guy a chance to play back-to-back games. If you are going to play one Test match here and one Test match there, you are never going to learn the trade or improve your own game. One Test match or two Test matches aren’t good enough. Obviously in Bangladesh, it’s spin friendly conditions,” he said.
“The last tour, we had a new bowling attack, this one is the same. There is no continuity and consistency. We have got to just look at three, four guys who we think can make it, especially in overseas, and invest in them,” said Walsh.
Walsh also felt it was time to reflect on Bangladesh’s performance while also praising New Zealand’s exceptional performance. “We will have to reflect on what we did well and what we didn’t do so well. NZ are very good in their backyard and they know the conditions very well. I thought they played very well,” said Walsh, regarding their innings and 52 runs defeat.