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We couldn’t duplicate the discipline of Bay Oval Test: Gibson

Published : 09 Jan 2022 08:06 PM | Updated : 11 Jan 2022 04:22 PM

After a chastening experience on Day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand, Tigers fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson observed that the pace bowling unit couldn’t duplicate the discipline that one witnessed in Bay Oval.

The home side finished the day in pole position at 349 for 1, with Tom Latham just 14 short of his second double ton in Tests and Devon Conway only one run away from getting the three-figure mark.

“I think they have played really well. We couldn’t hit the heights of last week. I thought Latham played really well. He left a lot of good balls early this morning. He made us bowl to him. Unfortunately, we didn't bowl enough good balls to create the sort of pressure we created last week. Conway is in unbelievable form,'” Gibson told reporters.

“The pitch didn’t do as much as we expected. But we didn’t bowl as well as we could have done either. When we bowled full, there wasn't a lot of seam movement. We have to learn from today.

We bowled too many four-balls and too many balls wide outside the off-stump. When we missed our lengths, we got cut or got too full to be driven,” he added.

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Gibson also indicated that the players are still feeling the physical and emotional effects from the opening Test, where Bangladesh scripted a monumental win.

“Today, we saw the highs and lows of international sport. Last week, we were on a high. We are perhaps still feeling the effects of last week’s emotional and physical investment. We didn’t hit our straps. New Zealand would have been hurting from last week. They showed why they are one of the best teams in the world. They applied themselves. They left a lot better. They showed us why they are holding the mace at the moment.”

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