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Old January 13, 2013, 09:37 AM
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Default Test cricket and Bangladesh

It is not a secret that Bangladesh are still struggling with the longer version of the game. And it is a stark contrast to their limited overs performances in the recent past. However, how bad are Bangladesh doing? Specially when compared to the teams in the lower end of the test spectrum. Let's have a look.

Here are Bangladesh's stats over the past 4 years in tests.
Test played : 17
Won: 2
Drawn: 1
Lost: 14

In a glance, it looks quite horrendous. However, if we have a deeper look into the stats, we can see an interesting trend in the tests. Out of the lost tests, we failed to take the test till the 5th day in four occasions. That is quite an interesting figures, considering in the pre 2009 era we were a team that guaranteed an innings defeat. Also if you take into consideration that 6 of those test matches were against the no.1 ranked teams.

And if you look at cricket teams, they go from losing badly to losing to drawing to winning. I think Bangladesh have moved from 'losing badly' to 'losing' phase. And in all of the recent test matches, Bangladesh have shown fight and were in the game for large portions of the game. With more practice, more matches, I reckon Bangladesh can be a decent test side as well.

The criticism Bangladesh receives are often over the top. If anyone[ala Geofrey Boycott] actually follows the Bangladesh team, they would know the team is not too far from regularly drawing at home. For instance, if we performed like New Zealand are, everyone would be asking for our test status.

We still need to tweak the mentality a bit more, play longer innings and stay focused for longer periods. But I think we are on our way to become a decent test team. We will find out soon enough.
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Old January 13, 2013, 10:34 AM
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Thank you. What I've been saying 1080083232 times. And with promising prospects like Anam, Momin, Ayub etc.coming in you could fancy even beating bottom ranked teams at home. But you won't get anywhere unless you play more tests than 2-3/year, BCB has to grow some spine and take initiative.
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Old January 13, 2013, 12:59 PM
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Haven't looked at the stat deeply, so my question is, how many of those 17 tests did BD play at home and still lose badly? Playing against top ranked team is definitely a tough task but knowing our lack of batting technique, playing most teams out of the subcontinent is definitely tougher. You also have to see,while visiting BD, whether those top teams had their best 11.
Before we conclude that the trend seems to be on the up for us improvement wise, we need to look at all those things.
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Old January 14, 2013, 11:23 PM
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It's kindof ridiculous that NZ haven't had to play Bangladesh in tests recently. Bangladesh will thrash the Kiwi's in any format right now (unless McCullum explodes in T20, eg WT20). Bowling is still a big problem for Bangladesh, especially fast bowling, but other than that all their problems stem from not enough test cricket. If the team played more consistently then things like poor catching and dismissals to poor shots would cease to be problems.

The cruel thing about tests is that you can be competitive for 4 days out of 5 and lose and history will forget how hard you competed. Of those 14 losses some were by big margins, but a few were very closely fought, with Bangladesh unfortunately unable to get over the line in any.
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Old January 15, 2013, 01:28 AM
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Bangladesh fight 4 days out of 5 days and loose the match in the end because of their inexperience. If they could play regularly Test match, they would easily overcome this problem. This year we team will play 6 Test match and we hope some good result from there especially against Zimbabwe and at home against New Zealand.
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