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Domingo for cultural change to get success in Tests

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said on Friday that they need to do something differently batting-wise in order to earn success in Test cricket.

The hosts lost the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka after suffering a 10-wicket defeat in the final Test on Friday.

The defeat was largely due to the failure of their top-order, being reduced to 24-5 and 53-5 respectively in their first and second innings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“If we knew the answer, it probably wouldn’t happen,” Domingo told reporters in Mirpur.

“We have to do something different, whether it is to change the order around. We can look at one or two things.  You won’t win Tests from 24-5 and 23-4 in both innings. We have to change something. It has happened too many times in the last 6-8 months,” he said, adding that he wasn’t also impressed with the performance of the bowling unit.

“In my career as a coach, I have never seen that many runs being scored between midwicket and fine-leg. They bowled far too straight, far too many easy balls to score off. I didn’t think it was a 500-run wicket. We didn’t bowl well towards the end of day two. We didn’t put them under enough pressure. Those are the small swings that change games.”

Domingo said that now he is focusing on rebuilding their confidence ahead of the tour of West Indies, compromising two Tests, three T20Is and three ODIs, beginning from June 16.

“There’s no use of me going in there and shouting and screaming at everyone, saying they are terrible. I have to build their confidence so that we can win some Tests in West Indies.

“Batters have to prepare really well as we did before New Zealand. Be willing to leave balls. They have to go back to old-fashioned Test match batting. At the moment, it is not working for us. We need to look at the batting order. If we do the same thing, we will get the same result,” he added.

Domingo also said that unless they don’t start winning series against big teams it will be difficult for them to change their fortune in Tests while he added that the Test system of the country needs an overhaul change to do well in the longer format.

“The cultural shift will only take place when you have some good results. The desire and want to play Test when we win a big Test series. Before this Test series, I challenged the guys if they ever won a Test against a top tier nation besides Zimbabwe.

“The answer was no, they have never beaten any of the top sides. I thought the sides matched up evenly. We won the toss. We started badly but got into a good position. We let it slip once again. Until we start winning those big series, not just one-off Tests, the Test culture is going to struggle to go to the next level.

“Small things (that need to be changed) It is the way capping ceremonies take place. It is the value that gets put on – whether monetary or status placed on a Test player versus a white-ball player.

“It is the crowds that attend, the media focus. There’s a lot more focus on white-ball cricket from every aspect than there is in Test match cricket. It is a whole-hearted refurbishment that needs to take place around the Test match system,” he concluded.