Even though Bangladesh lost the first Test against high-ranked New Zealand by an innings and 52 runs, they had chance to perform well further as Bangladesh fast-bowling coach Courtney Walsh said that the story of the Hamilton Test might have been different if they would have capitalised the opportunities they got throughout the course of their game.
Walsh also said that New Zealand’s batsmen took much the advantage of the Bangladesh inexperienced bowling attack especially their pace attack what they devised with the help of Ebadat Hossain, Khaled Ahmed and Abu Jayed Rahi in the absence of the pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman.
He added that the local batsmen faced them with composure, where they have attempted first to settle in wickets before going for cracking on the tourists’ bowlers irrespective of pace and spin, the strategy that provided them the full authority over the game.
“It’s a very inexperienced attack. We’ll have reflected on what we did well and what we didn’t do so well,” said Courtney Walsh, who was seen to talk with the pace bowlers at different times of their innings.
“New Zealand are in their backyard, they know the conditions, I thought, they played very well. Little bit of patience from our bowlers…they’re inexperience, probably showed up. Sometimes we don’t give the opposition enough credit,” Walsh told media in New Zealand yesterday.
“Well we had our chances, didn’t make the most of it. And they settled in and played well, they left well. It’s a type of wicket where once a batsman gets set, it’s going to difficult to get them out. Hopefully our guys will learn a lot from that and improve in the next game. We have to give credit to the New Zealand and the way they played. I thought they batted very well,” he added.
Praising Ebadat Hossain, debutant fast bowler of the Tigers’ tent, he said that they should give all more chances to play him to flourish his talent what he has in his disposal.
The fast bowlers Bangladesh fielded against the home side in the first Test are all less experienced. Ebadat among them is comparatively the most inexperienced. He bowled well throughout the Test. The rookie was got chance to placed his name in history if not Soumya Sarkar dropped a straightforward catch at slip though he claimed Neil Wagner as his first wicket on debut Test.
“You have to give a guy a chance to play back to back games. If you going to play one Test match here and one Test match there, you will never going to learn the trade or improve your own game. One Test match or two Test matches aren’t good enough,” he viewed.
“Obviously in Bangladesh it’s spin friendly conditions. As you rightly mention, last tour, we had new bowling attack, this one is the same. There is not continuity and consistency. We have got to just look at three four guys to look at that we think who can make it, especially in overseas, and invest in them,” he maintained.
He also said that Bangladesh have been investing more on developing their fast bowlers despite having their spin-oriented condition as a result, they start getting its output.
Citing the name of Ebadat, the former West Indian legendary fast-bowler said that he was invented two years ago before making his debut in New Zealand.
“In Bangladesh, sometimes not might play or one might play. But when they are away from home, they need to play. So it’ll be nice for them to get a good run, get a feel what’s happening and then you can see what you have learned,” he said.
“I mean we invested in him two years ago, he came here as a developing player. And then he made his Test debut here. So that’s a good sign,” he said of Ebadat.