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Hathurusingha: Jubair faded away, it's disappointing

  • Published at 08:07 pm October 15th, 2016
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Hathurusingha: Jubair faded away, it's disappointing
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha on Saturday said lack of proper combination is the key behind Bangladesh’s unimpressive performance in the Test arena, compared to the ODIs. He also pointed out leg-spinner Jubair Hossain’s ineffectiveness and expressed disappointment at the team's inability to maximise their potential in the international circuit. “It is difficult to get any relation between one-day cricket’s successes to Test cricket. We did well in one-day cricket because we got our players and combination right. We haven’t got our right combination in Test cricket,” Hathurusingha told the media. “I have been fighting to find bowlers who can get 20 wickets in Tests. We were looking for a leg-spinner (Jubair) who can take wickets but he has faded away. Then, the spinners who we have are good enough but we don’t have the combination that can take 20 wickets. [caption id="attachment_22245" align="alignnone" width="870"] Jubair Hossain DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] “It is very disappointing about Jubair. He had the skill, and we saw that at the start when he was on song. He won matches for us. In his second or third match, he took a Test five-for. In the India Test, he got two big wickets. Very disappointed that the amount of time and energy we spent with him didn’t come to fruition. It is a bit frustrating,” he said. Bangladesh have made significant improvement in the 50-over format over the past few years. The Tigers reached the quarter-finals in the 2015 World Cup. They won six consecutive ODI home series in the last two years before England beat them 2-1 a few days ago. However, the Tigers have not been able to convert their good form in ODIs to the Test arena. [caption id="attachment_22246" align="alignnone" width="900"] Chandika Hathurusingha DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Bangladesh played their last Test against South Africa in July, 2015. In between, Bangladesh have played plenty of ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. So, playing a Test after 15 months will be another challenge the Tigers will face against the visiting England side. “I think it is technical and mental adjustments. We haven’t played longer version, even at the domestic level, for a long time. The main players didn’t get to play NCL (National Cricket League) this season as well. It is the challenge in international cricket where they play a lot of matches in different formats. Switching mindset between formats is what they have to get used to,” said the former Sri Lankan international.

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The Tigers coach also said Bangladesh are lacking players who are ready to compete in the Test arena. “I can’t try players at the international level, which is the unfortunate thing in Bangladesh cricket that we are facing. We are actually trying players at the national level. This cannot happen. It is a bigger challenge than anything else. We have had lot of injuries and players lose form because we haven’t played for a long time. We don’t know where the fast bowlers are at this stage. It is a matter of just trusting the players that we have in squad. And being patient,” said Hathurusingha.