Patience plea from Jurgensen

  • Last Updated: April 24 2013, 11:14 BST

Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen has demanded a patient batting approach when his side look to earn a series draw in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Jurgensen: Unsurprisingly asked for improvement
Jurgensen: Unsurprisingly asked for improvement

Bangladesh were widely viewed as favourites to take the honours in this series, but those predictions were turned on their heads when Zimbabwe dismissed the tourists for paltry totals of 134 and 147 to win the first Test by a huge 335-run margin.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was heavily critical of the performance, accusing senior players of not taking enough responsibility and suggesting some were not 100 per cent fit.

Fast bowlers Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain have since returned home to be replaced by Shafiul Islam and uncapped all-rounder Ziaur Rahman.

But Jurgensen rejected those criticisms, although he accepted his side had endured a very tough few days at the office.

"We know we didn't play as well as we could have," he told reporters.

"We have come here to win but at the same time we know that Zimbabwe are a tough opponent.

"Losing a game is not ideal, especially as it was a game a lot of people may have expected us to win.

"But if you actually look at the record of Zimbabwe in their own country, they have performed quite well, so I don't understand why people seem to be very upset."

If Bangladesh are to avoid a Test series defeat, Jurgensen knows a major improvement in their batting will be required after their struggles against the Zimbabwe seam attack first time round.

"We didn't play with any patience and we need to improve that," Jurgensen said.

"We just have to bat for longer. We did not last until the second new ball in each innings, we had no partnerships or players batting for long periods.

"We have to be very disciplined in our approach to every ball, and do our basics right on this surface, which is a little bit foreign to us."

Zimbabwe are, unsurprisingly, set to field an unchanged XI when play starts on Thursday, and captain Brendan Taylor expects a similar performance from his side, and his keen to see them again exploit the attacking desire of the tourists' batsmen.

Taylor, who scored back-to-back centuries in the first Test said: "We know that they are pretty attacking players and that if you starve them for runs, they create chances."


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