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Siddons urges batters to play longer innings

Published : 25 Jun 2022 09:13 PM

Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons urged the batters to convert good starts into big scores after the tourists were bundled out for 234 against West Indies in the first innings of the second Test.

Siddons admitted that 234 is not a good score on the St Lucia pitch and said they could have finished with a score of around 400. 

"I thought we were a lot more patient today and left the ball well, which we worked on over the last week since the first Test where I thought we played at too many balls. They bowled really well today and we didn’t bat as long as we would’ve liked. 230 is not enough on that wicket,” Siddons said.

“We just need to bat longer. In Test cricket, you got to bat on for a long time. You got to be there at the end of the day and then we got to be batting on tomorrow. We are failing to do that at the moment," 

''There was no swing there today which really bothered us in the first Test. Fairly placid surface as shown by Shoriful's hitting. When you bat first, little bit of pressure to get the game underway. We handled that okay. Our opening partnership was good. 2 for 100, staring down the barrel of a 400 but at 230, we fell well short of what we should have achieved today," he said.

Siddons praised the knocks from young players like Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das and Anamul Haque Bijoy. 

”Couple of the younger players looked really impressive but again got out. Probably a couple of umpiring decisions looked close but didn’t go our way. So 230, we’re struggling at the moment,” he added.