Bangladesh paceman Taskin Ahmed admitted that the fast bowlers need to step up and perform their job against host South Africa when the two sides face each other in the first Test match, starting Thursday at Senwes Park.
Bangladesh have picked five pacers in the squad ahead of the two-Test series as South Africa is always considered a hunting ground for the fast bowlers due to its greenish and bouncy wickets.
Taskin, the 22-year old tall paceman has informed that he is ready to go and bowl fast in the bowling-friendly wicket.
He said he will try to enjoy his bowling.
“Good to be here. This is the first time for me in South Africa. The pitch will be fast-bowling friendly. I hope I will enjoy my bowling. Attitude is a little bit high. We had a few problems in the practice match. But we are adjusting well. Hopefully we will adjust fully before the first Test,” said Taskin at North West University PUK Sports Village, Potchefstroom where Bangladesh team are currently staying until the conclusion of the first Test.
Spinners played a crucial role for Bangladesh, particularly in Tests in the last few years, as was evident during their memorable wins against England last year and over Australia last month.
But South African conditions are a different challenge as far as bowling is concerned.
Fast bowlers need to take the baton from the spinners during this tour and will have to play the leading role if Bangladesh are to produce positive results.
“We, the pacers have to bowl really well in this condition. There might be less spin in the wicket so we, the pacers have to step up and take the responsibility. Because I believe if pacers can’t bowl well here then it would be impossible to fight in the match,” Taskin explained.
“Accuracy, consistency and patience are important for a bowler to get success in Test cricket. Although we are a little bit inexperienced as I have played only four Tests and Mustafizur [Rahman] only six Tests. But I believe we are training well and we have tried to bring good outcome whenever we played in this short career. Actually thinking is very important. We are training under Courtney Walsh, [Chandika] Hathurusingha and other good coaches. Hopefully we will bring good result.
“South Africa are a quality side, in both batting and bowling. Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada are very good bowlers. Obviously they will get extra advantage due to home condition. And their batting is world-class. We need to maintain tight line and length against them,” he added.
There are some injury concerns, chiefly opener Tamim Iqbal, who did not bat in the second innings in their three-day warm-up game against Cricket South Africa XI.
Taskin hopes the left-handed batsman will be fit before the first Test.
Bangladesh are also missing their star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who has taken a break from Test cricket for the time being.
“Tamim bhai will be fit, hopefully before the first Test. And as for Shakib bhai, he is always a big player for Bangladesh. I hope this break will be helpful for him and he will back to the team soon,” he said.
Bangladesh played their three-day practice match at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
Among the batsmen, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque and Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim got fifties.
Sabbir Rahman scored half-centuries in both innings.
And the bowlers got the chance to bowl in one innings.
Among the pace bowlers, Mustafizur, Subashish Roy and Taskin bagged one wicket apiece while Shafiul Islam picked up two.
Another paceman of the squad, Rubel Hossain did not take part in the warm-up game as he arrived in South Africa late due to visa complication.
But Rubel finally arrived in South Africa on Saturday and will train with the squad Tuesday.
The Bangladesh team moved to Potchefstroom from Johannesburg Sunday afternoon.
The players did not practise Sunday and passed time relaxing.