Walsh seeks more time for pacers

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Mustafizur Rahman has charmed the world in limited overs cricket. However, when he takes the field today at Galle and returns to Test cricket after more than one-and-a-half years, he will face a stiffer challenge. Can he weave his magic? West Indian legend Courtney Walsh (R) will definitely hope that the left-armer can take a leaf out of his book.

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh on Monday said that they needed to invest more time on their inexperienced bowlers to get success in the longer format of the game.
Bangladeshi inexperienced bowling attack was badly exposed during the first Test against New Zealand, who made their highest ever Test total of 715-6d at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
Bangladeshi pace trio – Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed and debutant Ebadat Hossain, who collectively played four Tests previously, bowled 87 overs together with very little success.
Jayed and Khaled went wicketless while Ebadat had to remain content with just one wicket on his Test debut.
Part-timer Soumya Sarkar was more successful than the regular pacers as he finished with 2-68.
‘We have got just three-four guys to look at that we think who can make it, especially in overseas, and invest in them,’ Walsh said.
‘It’s a very inexperienced attack. We will have to reflect on what we did well and what we didn’t do so well. New Zealand are in their backyard, they know the conditions, I thought they played very well,’ said Walsh.
The Caribbean legend was positive about giving the pacers adequate Test matches in order to help them gain experiences, which he believed would improve their skills and consistency.
‘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 said.
‘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,’ he added.
Walsh was also optimistic about Ebadat, who had been groomed for two years and asked for more patience to get success from him.
‘In Bangladesh, sometimes one might play or might not 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. 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.
Walsh, however, didn’t take credit away from New Zealand, who outplayed Bangladesh in all three departments to win the first Test by an innings and 52 runs and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
‘Sometimes we don’t give the opposition enough credit. 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 him out.
‘Hopefully our guys will learn a lot from that and improve in the next game.’

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